I am collecting stories by working parents of young children for a new PBS/web documentary series about early childhood development.
I’m part of a team of award-winning Boston-based filmmakers here at Vital Pictures currently producing THE RAISING OF AMERICA. The film looks at the crucial role of early childhood development and asks: as a society, why are we not doing all we can to put in place supports for parents and caregivers and their young children?
Do you have a story about the difficulties of being a working parent with young children that you'd be willing to share?
We are looking for two-parent households with both parents working (household combined income of about 30k to 100k) and young children (ages 0-4) who would share their stories candidly with us on film. These are some of the themes we are exploring:
- longing to spend more time with children and inability to do so
- the challenges of childcare (financial strain of child care, difficulty finding care, etc)
- making ends meet with 2 incomes and/or under-employment and/or job loss
- inflexible work schedule (for example: you have a sick child and unable to get time off from work)
- issues with housing (home underwater, rentals with children)
- contingent work schedule
- sense of isolation or being overwhelmed
If you are willing to share your story, please send an email with your name and a few sentences about your situation to my colleague Leigh: firstname.lastname@example.org .
If you know of someone with a great story, please feel free to forward them this posting.
For more information on the project you can visit the website: www.raisingofamerica.org.
(mother of Oskar & Till (4 and almost 2) and VERY excited about this project I am working on)