Brain Matters Film | Putting the first years first.

A ground-breaking documentary on the critical nature of the early years of life

Why is it that some children thrive while others do not?
Is it a matter of genetics, IQ, socioeconomic background or education?
Carlota Nelson, in her ground-breaking documentary, answers
these questions in an enlightening globe-trotting
journey about what makes children thrive.

Why is it that some children thrive while others do not? Is it a matter of genetics, IQ, socioeconomic background or education? Carlota Nelson, in her ground-breaking documentary, answers these questions in an enlightening globe-trotting journey about what makes children thrive.

“With wide recognition that a healthy start to life lays the foundation of how children become successful adults, this movie is a must-see for all who wish to invest in our children’s future and the future of our societies.”

Charles A. Nelson III, Ph.D.
Professor of Pediatrics and Neuroscience,
Harvard Medical School

"This gorgeous and well researched film demonstrates the power of the baby brain while giving us clear and doable actions that can help all children thrive. "

Kathy Hirsh Pasek
Professor of Psychology,
Temple University

“If you want to see just one film to understand the deeply meaningful imperative of investing in the earliest years for children, this would be it. The case made for high-quality early childhood development -- and to the future of children, community and country -- is powerful and compelling.”

David Lawrence Jr.
Retired publisher of the Miami Herald,
Chair of The Children’s Movement of Florida

"It is an important and significant film that hopefully will raise awareness of early childhood development throughout the world."

Clancy Blair
Developmental Psychologist,
NYU Neuroscience and Education Lab

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Short Clips

THE BRAIN IS ONLY BUILT ONCE

WHAT MAKES KIDS THRIVE

EDUCATION BEGINS WAY BEFORE SCHOOL

THE SCIENCE OF ENGAGED PARENTING

THE SCIENCE OF RICH LANGUAGE

THE SCIENCE OF INTENTIONAL PLAY

THE SCIENCE OF GOOD NUTRITION

MANAGING EMOTIONS

WHY INVEST IN THE EARLY YEARS

Extended Clips

Myths that limit our kids potential to thrive

5 things parents should do everyday

2 Effective skills that all children need to learn

Building a baby brain that thrives

The priority of investing in the early years

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