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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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Pre-K helps a child learn and succeed socially and economically.  New findings published by the National Bureau of Economic Research suggest that when young children have access to early care and education, their health outcomes are good, too.

Listen to this episode to find out more about the benefits of Pre-K. 


Strong Foundations

May 3, 2017
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Here is some news that will expand your mind. For years it was thought that a newborn’s brain makes 700 to 1,000 new neural connections per second. An impressive number to be sure. But just last month, the Harvard University Center on the Developing Child released new research showing that there are significantly more neural connections being made in the brain during those early years.

How many? Listen to find out.

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The price of high-quality child care is through the roof.  Every parent knows that.  Here in the Old Line State, the price tag is on par with a year’s tuition at the University of Maryland. 

Where do you see your child in 10 years? 25 years? How about 50 years from now? If they have access to quality early care and education, parents may be a little closer to being able to predict a child’s future.  

Sleep Tight

Apr 12, 2017

Getting enough sleep is even more important to a child’s development than you might think. Rest assured getting that sleep is possible. Find out more. 

Food insecurity

Apr 5, 2017

Food insecurity touches one in six children in our nation. It’s a problem that will affect them into adulthood.

Did you ever cram for an exam?  It was probably not a successful way to learn. But babies are learning incredible amounts very quickly. Find out how!

Anti-bias education builds self-awareness and confidence in young children. It teaches them to celebrate the differences that make our country.

Babies and toddlers don’t need fancy electronics to become STEM experts. They need the time and dedication of parents and educators.

Alternative Facts

Mar 8, 2017

Lies, fibs, tall tales, or shall we say “alternative facts.” Whatever you want to call them, it’s a natural part of a child’s development to experiment with the truth. But they need you to guide them.

Baby Box

Mar 6, 2017

Boxes are the latest trend. You can subscribe to have a box deliver your meals. There’s one with razors and organic shaving cream. And one with new desserts to try. Now there’s a box that saves baby’s lives.

What if just one year could change your life? It can. If it happens at an early age.

Lucky 13

Feb 15, 2017

The lucky number when it comes to early childhood? Thirteen. Find out why!

Sing for Success

Feb 8, 2017

Singing to your baby writes a score that prepares a child’s brain for future language and communication skills. Listen now!

Count With Me

Feb 1, 2017

Count with me.

Simply counting objects out loud while playing with your youngster can add up to big benefits later on. Listen to find out why.

Focus on this.

Vision problems are increasingly common among children. Canadian researchers have found a way to drastically reduce the likely hood of children developing vision issues. Hint: It’s outside.

Don’t let cold weather stop your children from spending time outside. Contrary to what you may think, exposure to cold weather is beneficial to a little one’s health and development.

There are alternatives to suspension and expulsion. Especially when it comes to very young children. Listen to find out more.

Who will your child become? That’s a concern for many parents. Duke University researchers may have a clue. Listen now!

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Many states have or are legalizing marijuana for recreational and/or medicinal purposes. So what does second hand marijuana smoke mean for young children? Listen to find out more. 

Media Malaise

Dec 14, 2016

We bring you a special news bulletin: Are your children at risk of Media Malaise? Tune in to find out!

In the Moment

Dec 7, 2016

Researchers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison say that teaching mindfulness to children as young as four-years-old can help them be more aware of how they are feeling not only physically but also emotionally and socially, and be more aware of the feelings of others.

Let them eat dirt

Nov 30, 2016

A little dirt never hurt. In fact, it might be a good thing. Listen to find out why.

Family Child Care

Nov 23, 2016


A Great U.S.

Nov 16, 2016

The Country has gone through some major changes lately. What hasn't changed, are the needs of our kids.

A trip to the doctor can be scary. But we’ve got some tips to help make the visit less stressful for everyone.

Something you already do with your toddler just may reduce her chances of experiencing depression during her lifetime. Listen now and find out more.

Too Spooky?

Nov 2, 2016

Halloween can be a little too scary for some little ones. We've got tips to keep the fun and avoid the fear.  

We've heard a lot about "locker room talk" lately. What you say now, matters in raising boys to become responsible men.

How important is diversity in an early childhood education setting? Very.

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