Linnea Anderson

Host, The First Five Years

Linnea Anderson
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Linnea Anderson is tenured and talented broadcaster and voice over artist with deep roots in Central Maryland.  For years she was co-host of the nightly, Baltimore -based and nationally syndicated Evening Magazine on WJZ-TV.  On this half-hour program, Anderson interviewed the likes of George Carlin, Muhammad Ali and Jack Lemmon as well as Baltimoreans of all stripes providing insight and local flavor to her adopted hometown.  Prior to that she was a news anchor, reporter and producer in multiple markets including Baltimore, Charleston, WV and Louisville, KY.

Beginning in 1992 Anderson spent more than two decades working the other side of the microphone as the Public Relations/Marketing Director for the American Red Cross of the Chesapeake Region.  There she could be found on the front lines of local and national disasters reassuring the community that help was on the way.  Anderson’s voice can still be heard around town as she freelances as a voice over artist on projects that connect to her passions.

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The First Five Years
4:47 pm
Wed September 17, 2014

The First Five Years: Kindergarten Readiness

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Are you ready for kindergarten? It won’t be long until your preschooler is ready to start kindergarten. This can be challenging for both children and parents. Start planning now to help make the transition a smooth one.

The First Five Years
4:38 pm
Tue September 9, 2014

The First Five Years: Social Competency

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Are you raising a social child? Parents want to help children grow up to feel confident and secure. But the markers of social competency in young children can be hard to spot. But there are signs to look for. Listen now to find out more.

The First Five Years
4:30 am
Wed August 20, 2014

The First Five Years: EXCELS

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The First Five Years
4:32 am
Tue August 12, 2014

The First Five Years: LOCATE Child Care

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Reliable child care is just a phone call away. Take the time to make the right choice—the first five years last forever. 

Early childhood development occurs rapidly, so choosing a reliable care provider is critically important. LOCATE: Child Care, a FREE phone referral service of Maryland Family Network, can help you make the right choice.

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The First Five Years
5:00 am
Wed August 6, 2014

The First Five Years: Healthy Eating

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Got a picky eater at home? Relax. It's not uncommon for young children to turn down a new food up to 15 times before they even try it. Zero to Three has some ideas that may help around your dinner table.

The First Five Years
4:08 pm
Wed July 30, 2014

The First Five Years: Get Moving

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Young children are naturally active. So if we give them plenty of room and opportunity to move, they’ll literally jump at the chance. Children who exercise are healthier physically and emotionally. Listen for some ways to get the kids in your life moving towards a lifetime of fitness.   

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The First Five Years
4:41 pm
Wed July 23, 2014

The First Five Years: Emergency Preparedness

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Between thunderstorms and threats of tornadoes, this has been a summer full of turbulent weather. Take the time when the sky is clear to make sure your family is ready for whatever Mother Nature sends our way. A little planning now can save lives when disaster strikes.

The First Five Years
3:32 pm
Wed July 16, 2014

The First Five Years: Parent Provider Communication

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Communicate early and often. The future depends on it.  When you find a child care provider who is just right, you know your little one is in a safe nurturing environment. But there is more to it than dropping off in the morning and picking up after work. For the wellbeing of the child, both parents and caregivers owe it to each other to communicate.

The First Five Years
5:56 pm
Wed July 9, 2014

The First Five Years: Math

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Math helps children develop critical thinking and problem-solving skills. The developing brain is not only ready to learn and use language, it is also capable of learning and using math and scientific thinking. It is important to practice and develop these skills early.

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The First Five Years
4:50 pm
Wed July 2, 2014

The First Five Years: Communication

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From the day they're born, children communicate in many ways. For example, crying can mean  boredom, hunger or pain depending on the pitch and volume. The national nonprofit Zero to Three has some tips to help parents encourage language development in babies.

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