Starting At Zero
Reimagining Education in America

About This Project

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. It features five current and past governors who are champions of early childhood education: Governors Steve Bullock of Montana, Kay Ivey of Alabama, and Ralph Northam of Virginia, as well as former Governors Jim Hunt of North Carolina, and Phil Bryant of Mississippi. At the heart of the film is the affirmation that if children are given the opportunity to thrive in settings with caring, responsive adults, the returns to our society will be deep and long-lasting.


Produced by Saul Zaentz Charitable Foundation in partnership with Firestarter Interactive, and directed by Willa Kammerer.

Learn more about the film, access resources, and contact us to host a screening at the Starting at Zero website.

delaware interview

Investing in quality early childhood education is good for Delaware’s economy.

Starting at Zero spoke with Governor and First Lady Carney to learn more about what’s at stake, and why Delaware is focused on creating better opportunities for all the children and families who call the state home.

Benefits of Preschool
Non-Partisan Issue
Alabama Program
When I Grow Up
National Academy of Sciences

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