“So, to build the kind of society that we all want, we need to pay more attention to the way that we relate to our youngest children. I guess you could say that science is helping us to understand why it is that the way we love our children matters so much.” – Dr. Suzanne Zeedyk
In late 2011, Generation Justice attended the Western USA premiere of the film entitled “the connected baby.” In front of a packed crowd of professionals and interested community members, renowned Developmental Psychologist Dr. Suzanne Zeedyk presented the film and discussed the various ways that babies are emotionally connected from birth. The screening in Albuquerque was sponsored by the New Mexico Child Care and Education Association, Kiwanis Club of Albuquerque, New Mexico Association for the Education of Young Children, St. Joseph Community Health, the New Mexico Early Childhood Development Partnership, and was hosted at the National Hispanic Cultural Center.
Dr. Suzanne Zeedyk took time to talk to our very own Melissa Harris about the film and the process of brain development in babies. Being more attuned to the science and psychology of brain development, says Dr. Zeedyk, will ultimately make a huge difference in the baby as they grow into adulthood and for the community at large. Her message and the message of the film, underscores the importance of early childhood development as a core social justice issue here in New Mexico.