• Big news! We're excited to share that tonight and all this week, PBS NewsHour is examining the current state of the American child care system in a special five-part series, titled "Raising The Future." The feature kicks off this evening, Monday, July 12, with a segment that examines how America’s child care landscape has dramatically changed as the country emerges from the pandemic and what’s at stake in this critical moment.

  • Monday, July 12, 2021 - PBS NewsHour reports on America's broken child care system, communities on the front lines and new political momentum for major reform in the post-COVID era.

  • Beginning July 12 and airing over the course of that week, PBS NewsHour will broadcast “Raising the Future: America’s Child Care Dilemma,” a five-part series that takes an extensive look at America’s child care crisis. The struggle to find affordable, quality child care has always been one of the biggest issues for American families and Covid-19 only exacerbated the problem.

  • New research from NORC at the University of Chicago, Start Early, and the University of Chicago Consortium on School Research finds that Chicago policies intended to increase access and enrollment to full-day, school-based pre-k were also related to higher kindergarten entry skills and ultimately better academic outcomes in second grade, particularly for high-priority students.

  • With help from SZCF, Mountainfilm for Students is offered at no cost to K-12 public schools in conjunction with Mountainfilm on Tour shows. These curated playlists are customized by grade level with informative and inspiring content. Classroom materials developed by teachers to align with College and Career Readiness Anchor Standards are available for select films.

  • Fox 32 Chicago
    May 20, 2021
    Jamal Poindexter and Anita Harvey-Dixon talk about the new 'Tomorrow's Hope' documentary.

  • May 21, 2021
    Larry Mantle and KPCC film critics Angie Han, Wade Major and Peter Rainer review this weekend’s new movie releases, including 'Tomorrow's Hope.' Review is about 33:20 into the program.

  • By Elaine Hegwood Bowen, M.S.J.
    May 13, 2021
    “Tomorrow’s Hope: The Promise of Early Childhood Education” brings us into the journey of passionate educators and tenacious kids and their families on the South Side of Chicago, determined to carve out the future – despite a sea of incredible challenges.

  • The Science of Early Learning and Adversity: Leadership in Early Learning Settings in a Post-Pandemic Era
    To be held virtually June 16-17.
    Designed for early education leaders, this program will explore the latest science of early learning and what this means for the work ahead in cultivating strong, responsive, and supportive environments in the wake of the pandemic.

  • By Cody Uhing
    May 10, 2021
    This morning, the School Effectiveness and Inequality Initiative at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) released the findings of a new study on the long-term effects of Boston’s preschool program. Using admissions lotteries, the research found that participation in the preschool program led to significant long-term improvements in academic and behavioral outcomes in children.

  • Neely Swanson
    May 17, 2021
    “Tomorrow’s Hope” is a bright spot within the blight that is poverty, not just on the South Side of Chicago, but anywhere opportunities are as lacking as faith in a broken system. Subtitled “The Promise of Early Childhood Education,” director Thomas Morgan gives us an intimate view of Educare, a novel early education intervention program.

  • Mon, May 17, 2021
    The documentary 'Tomorrow's Hope' shares inspiring stories about the changing landscape of children's education in Chicago.

  • By Rebecca Rubin
    April 14, 2021
    “Tomorrow’s Hope,” a documentary about the importance of quality early childhood education, has sold North American rights to the independent distributor Abramorama. Following a virtual live premiere on May 20, the company plans to release the film nationwide on demand on May 21. “Tomorrow’s Hope” spotlights passionate educators and tenacious kids and their families, who transcend the limitations imposed on them as students growing up on the south side of Chicago. The documentary is told through three present-day high school seniors who began in the first-ever class of Educare, an early childhood education program. At the time, the school was located in the nation’s single poorest census tra

    APR 13, 2021
    When TT the Artist started working on “Dark City Beneath the Beat” in 2011 ― an hourlong musical documentary highlighting the Baltimore club music and dance culture featuring city artists — there were times she didn’t think the project was going to happen because she didn’t have enough money. “There were years that went by where I couldn’t even figure out what the next step was, but through grants, I was able to pick up the pieces up and really have the budgets and means to actually create the film,” she said. Little did she know her musical — which was funded in part by grants from Saul Zaentz Innovation Fund at Johns Hopkins and Rubys Artist Grant by the Robert W. Deutsch

  • By Justin Criado
    Telluride Daily Planet
    Mar 25, 2021
    With funding assistance from the Saul Zaentz Charitable Foundation the Pinhead Institute’s Telluride FIRST Lego League robotics team is heading to states for the first time ever, after the squad of seven local students qualified during a remote regional competition over the weekend. Team Brickbusters — Rider Abbott, Noah Baker, Lincoln Butson, Stella Coe, Andres Jacinto, Kaila Rebolledo Unda and Eleanor Rosen — wowed the judges with its life-sized “friz-fraz-frow” project, which is a more advanced, and technical, game of tic-tac-toe in winning the best overall robot design award. The team was also nominated for the Global Innovation Award, which they’ll be preparing a

    Saul Zaentz Early Education Initiative
    Dec 17, 2020
    The Saul Zaentz Early Education Initiative at the Harvard Graduate School of Education announced today that it is accepting submissions for the inaugural Family Child Care Innovation Networks Award. This new award is designed to spark, accelerate, and sustain community-based peer learning networks among family child care providers across the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Family child care providers are an essential part of the early education and care ecosystem, in Massachusetts and across the nation, and have unique characteristics that will make them critical to this country's pandemic response and recovery.

  • By Mark Swartz
    September 10, 2020
    The Founding Fathers built competition among the states into our system of government. With 50-plus laboratories for democracy, we’re bound to come up with powerful and efficient ideas for optimizing life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. At least that’s how it’s supposed to work.

  • By IndieWire Staff
    August 24, 2020
    The Saul Zaentz Charitable Foundation, The Hunt Institute, and The Ounce of Prevention have announced two special, free events to support Willa Kammerer’s upcoming documentary “Starting at Zero: Reimagining Education in America.” The film culminates with a call to governors to invest in high-quality early childhood education to support today’s workforce and the workforce of tomorrow.

  • By Cinemacy
    August 2020
    The debate about ways to enhance our system of education often lacks voices to represent our youngest learners. Our concern about increasing test scores for school-age children and similar standards of evaluation fails to shed light on the conversation we really should be having, and that is the attention to the earliest years. Starting at Zero: Reimagining Education in America director Willa Kammerer effectively highlights this too often neglected topic in a powerful way.

  • By Summer Evans
    August 13, 2020
    Kindergarten began in Germany and arrived in the United States in the mid-19th century. Since that time, kindergarten has been considered the beginning of formal education. For a long time, researchers have known that education really starts at birth and early education (pre-K) should be available to all. Willa Kammerer’s new documentary “Starting at Zero: Reimagining Education in America” showcases the importance and power of investing in high-quality early childhood education so that all children and families have equal opportunities.

  • By Shayna Maci Warner and Tatiana McInnis
    July 31, 2020
    “Starting at Zero” explores the power of investing in high-quality early childhood education so that all children and families have the opportunity to attain the American Dream. The film brings together the voices of policymakers, educators, academics, business leaders, pediatricians, parents, and children. “Starting at Zero” culminates with a call to governors across America for collective action: to set our nation on the path to future success through significant investments in high-quality early childhood education, both to support today’s workforce, and to build the workforce of tomorrow.

  • By Early Learning Nation
    July 2020
    On Tuesday, July 21, The Hunt Institute hosted three philanthropic leaders for a conversation about early childhood philanthropy amidst COVID-19. Dr. Dan Wuori, director of Early Learning, moderated the panel, which featured: • Elliot Haspel (an Early Learning Nation contributor) of the Robins Foundation • Eva Roberts of the Buffett Early Childhood Fund • Elliot Steinberg of the Saul Zaentz Charitable Foundation—which produced two upcoming documentaries on early childhood, Tomorrow’s Hope and Starting at Zero

  • By Dave McNarry
    July 27, 2020
    Abramorama has bought the theatrical rights to the documentary film “Starting at Zero: Reimagining Education in America” and will release it in virtual cinemas starting on Aug. 14. The film is presented by the Saul Zaentz Charitable Foundation, The Hunt Institute and The Ounce of Prevention.