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Unlocking Every Child’s Potential,
Fulfilling Society’s Promise

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The New York Times bestseller that offers a powerful blueprint for a society that supports parents and caretakers as they shape their children’s—and our nation’s—future.


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All of the proceeds from PARENT NATION: Unlocking Every Child's Potential, Fulfilling Society's Promise are donated to the Parent Nation initiative at the TMW Center for Early Learning + Public Health to promote healthy cognitive and language development of all children.

About the BOOK

World-class pediatric surgeon, social scientist, and best-selling author of Thirty Million Words Dr. Dana Suskind returns with a revelatory new look at the neuroscience of early childhood development—and how it can guide us toward a future in which every child has the opportunity to fulfill their potential.

Her prescription for this more prosperous and equitable future, as clear as it is powerful, is more robust support for parents during the most critical years of their children’s development. In her poignant new book, Parent Nation, written with award-winning science writer Lydia Denworth, Dr. Suskind helps parents recognize both their collective identity and their formidable power as custodians of our next generation.

Weaving together the latest science on the developing brain with heart-breaking and relatable stories of families from all walks of life, Dr. Suskind shows that the status quo—scores of parents convinced they should be able to shoulder the enormous responsibility of early childhood care and education on their own—is not only unsustainable, but deeply detrimental to the wellbeing of children, families, and society.

Anyone looking for a blueprint for how to build a brighter future for our children will find one in Parent Nation, the instant New York Times bestseller. Informed by the science of foundational brain development as well as history, political science, and the lived experiences of families around the country, this book clearly outlines how society can and should help families meet the developmental needs of their children. Only then can we ensure that all children are able to enjoy the promise of their potential.

At a time when America seems hopelessly polarized, [PARENT NATION] shows us how it is possible to work together across political divides for the wellbeing of our children and our families.

Kristin Kobes Du Mez

Professor of History at Calvin University

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About the AUTHOR

Dr. Dana Suskind

Dana Suskind, MD, is Founder and Co-Director of the TMW Center for Early Learning + Public Health, Director of the Pediatric Cochlear Implant Program, and Professor of Surgery, Pediatrics, and Public Policy (affiliated) at the University of Chicago. A recognized thought leader on the national stage, Dana has dedicated her research and clinical life to optimizing foundational brain development and preventing early cognitive disparities and their lifelong impact. Her work is focused in particular on helping parents leverage their power as brain architects.

Dr. Suskind is the author of Thirty Million Words: Building a Child’s Brain. She is a member of the American Academy of Pediatrics and a Fellow for the Council on Early Childhood. Her work has been profiled by numerous media outlets, including the New York Times, The Economist, Forbes, NPR, and Freakonomics.


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