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The First Five Years

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"The First Five Years" is a weekly program presented by Maryland Family Network.  The series is focused on the extraordinary developmental period from birth to age five. "The First Five Years" highlights the challenges and opportunities related to nurturing young children and helping them build a solid foundation for success in school and in life.

“The First Five Years” is made possible with major support from the M&T Charitable Foundation. 

You can listen to an archive of past episodes of "The First Five Years" here.

Attitude Counts

Jul 11, 2018

What will your new baby be like? What fun things will you do together? What do you want to share with him or her?

Asking a pregnant mother these questions might help her to be healthier during pregnancy and interact positively with her infant after he or she is born. So say experts at the Centre for Family Research in a recently published study. 

Statistics show that more and more millennials are having children, and among this group, the demand for family-friendly urban living is growing. But across the country, supply doesn’t meet demand.

Using data from the study, tracking how often children spent time with their friends from the ages of six to sixteen, suggests that having active social lives during childhood is good for our health. They found that boys who spent more time with their friends during childhood and adolescence tended to have healthier blood pressure and body mass index as adults.

Simon Says

Jun 13, 2018

Simon Says playing games with your young children is one way for them to learn impulse control.  

Trauma Hurts

Jun 8, 2018

Researchers at Penn State recently conducted a study that found connections between early childhood adversity and chronic pain in adulthood. Using data culled from over 260 participants who had reported some level of childhood trauma, researchers found that childhood adversity was linked to not only to pain but mood and sleep problems, in adulthood.

Home Sweet Home

May 23, 2018

A neighborhood strewn with trash and lined with vacant homes is much more than an eyesore. It is an indicator that the children who live there may never reach their potential.

Researchers at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health studied data on thousands of children, starting at birth, for more than 10 years. They asked parents living in East Baltimore to rate the perceived quality of their neighborhood for raising children on a five point scale ranging from poor to excellent. The parents who rated their neighborhood “poor” lived among abandoned houses, litter including discarded drug paraphernalia, and were noisy.  The researchers found that children growing up in these neighborhoods are more likely as teens to display problem behaviors like fighting, stealing, vandalism, or disobeying rules than children living in the “excellent” neighborhoods.

Depression isn’t good for mothers. That’s obvious. Now a study has found links from mom’s depression to difficulties her kids may be experiencing.


A new study sheds light on the connections between melatonin levels and the sleeping patterns of very young children. The results may provide a beacon of hope for parents of children who mightily resist bedtime.

Great news: there’s a way to save our state’s economy billions of dollars a year – improve Maryland’s child care system.


Awareness of the opioid crisis continues to grow and recent studies focus on the effects of opioid-exposure to infant brain development. The results – like the crisis itself – are not good.

It’s hard to read a person’s mind. It’s even harder to read a baby’s mind. But a study from the University of Washington provides new insight into the workings of the infant brain.

Get Outside Now

Apr 11, 2018


Over 55% of parents surveyed in ten countries said their children spent less than an hour a day playing outside. Shockingly the researchers determined that one in ten children never play outside. Let’s get children outside…now.   

Childhood brain development has been the focus of much study over the last few decades. Childhood moral development, on the other hand, has received significantly less attention. Until now.

ACEs & Latino Kids

Mar 28, 2018

A report from the nonprofit Salud America! shows that eight-in-ten or 78% of all Latino children in America have faced at least one Averse Childhood Experience. This is the fastest growing demographic in America. What can be done to change this trend?

A Big Problem

Mar 21, 2018

 

Here’s something that is a very big deal. A recent CDC survey indicates that there has been no progress in halting childhood obesity.

Thinking about getting a pet? In addition to being a good companion, that furry friend may help with your child’s brain development.

Cry Like a Baby

Mar 7, 2018

Babies cry….a lot. But did you know they cry in womb too? A mother’s stress just may be effect how much.

Full STEAM Ahead

Feb 28, 2018

 


STEM or Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics is an educational philosophy and practice which has really gained momentum of late. But it’s missing something that not only changes the acronym, but the entire program. Add an A for Art and make STEAM.

 

Decades of psychological experiments with children as young as two-year-old have shown that children lie. But lying is not just normal, it’s a sign of intelligence.

 

Postpartum depression affects an estimated one out of nine women. These new moms must not only must acclimate to raising a newborn child, but also with the symptoms of this newfound depression. That’s no small feat.

Children have been sitting in front of screens ever since the advent of television. From TVs to smart phones and laptops to LeapFrogs children and adults are fascinated by the near endless possibilities of these devices...

Invest Now.

Jan 31, 2018

Nobel Prize-winning economist James Heckman explains a simple idea in which everyone profits: invest in little kids. 

If Maryland increases the Child Care Subsidy rates so that we are subsidizing parents up to the federally-recommended 75% of child care settings in their communities, families will have more choices and access to better programs. 

Food Insecurity

Jan 17, 2018

When a young child experiences regular bouts of food insecurity they are more likely to be unprepared for kindergarten than children who know where the next meal is coming from. 

We’ve all made bad decisions before. But adverse experiences during the first five years of life can make it very difficult to ever make good decisions. 

Recent research suggest that the quality of what is read to children during the first year of life may be just as important to their development as the quantity of what is read. 

Spanking a child has long-term consequences. New research suggests that people who are spanked during early childhood have a greater likelihood of perpetrating violence toward romantic partners. 

Too Many Toys

Dec 21, 2017

The holidays are a tempting time to shower children with toys. At the risk of sounding like the Grinch, a new study suggests that there can be too much of a good thing when it comes to children and toys.

Cute Aggression

Dec 14, 2017

That impulse to take a little bite out of a baby due to his or her overwhelming cuteness actually has a name…and a purpose. Find out more! 

Stick to It

Dec 6, 2017

Young children who watch adults remain committed to a task are more likely to try harder when performing their own tasks. Find out why this matters! 

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