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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.

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! 

The Money Myth

Nov 29, 2017

There’s a myth in America that anyone who is determined enough can get rich. But the family you’re born into is a much more likely predictor of future wealth.

Gun violence, natural disasters, and house fires can make the world seem very scary. Maryland Family Network has resources available to protect children and help parents feel confident about leaving their child in the care of others. 

According to UNICEF there are three essential national policies that support families with young children -- two years of free early childhood education for three and four year olds; paid breastfeeding breaks for new moms for the first six months; and adequate paid parental leave. The U.S. has none of these. Let’s change that. 

 

During the first 1,000 days of a child’s life there is more growth and development than at any other point in life. What and whom a child is exposed to during the first 1,000 days influence a child for life.

You can’t control the genes your baby inherits. But you can determine how well your baby is loved and supported. Abuse and neglect in early childhood can profoundly effect on the brain.

Let's Talk Teens

Oct 25, 2017

At Maryland Family Network we say that the first five years of a child’s life are the most important. That’s true but today we want to talk about teenagers. 

Your Song

Oct 18, 2017
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It happens all over the world regardless of language or culture—a mother sings to her baby to soothe, to comfort, and to connect. Researchers at the University of Miami’s Frost School of Music found that this ritual has profound effects on mothers too.  

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Do you know any four-year-olds who might actually be superheroes? What about a three-year-old who is a master chef? In the quickly developing mind of a young child these possibilities are as real as can be. A multitude of new research shows overwhelming benefits of a child’s make-believe play.

Economists agree: investing in early childhood saves money. 

Dr.’s Orders

Sep 21, 2017

The American Academy of Pediatrics are calling on their members to advocate high-quality early childhood education. It’s a matter of good health. 

Quality Matters

Sep 13, 2017

When looking for child care, quality matters. Here are a few things to look for.

Myth Busters

Sep 6, 2017

Here are few parenting myths we've debunked just for you. 

Modern Family

Aug 31, 2017

What defines a family? That depends on who you ask. 

The Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting Program (MIECHV) is up for reauthorization in September. Without this crucial evidence-based program, many at-risk pregnant women and parents with young children will not get the services they need to be healthy and productive.

Changing child care setting can be stressful on young children and negatively affect their social development. 

There is a proven way to reduce violence, crime, and addiction – invest in children.  

Place Matters

Aug 3, 2017

 

Having a strong start in life is a major factor in determining how long one lives. 

U.S. Lags in ECE

Jul 26, 2017

The U.S. ranks 32nd out of 35 Western nations when it comes to investing in to early childhood education. We owe it to our children to do better. 

The more active fathers are in the caregiving and raising of his children, the lower the child’s risk of obesity.

You want to raise confident and compassionate children. But what’s the best way to do that?

Breaking the Cycle

Jul 5, 2017

Learning begins at birth, not at kindergarten. Quality learning environments that start early and are combined with quality K – 12 schooling can break the cycle of poverty.  

Listen to hear more about the importance of fathers spending time with their children. 

Listen to learn more about underprivileged kids' advantages.

Early detection can help make a world of difference for a child with autism specturm disorder and his or her family. 

Depressed Daddies

Jun 7, 2017

Becoming a father is wonderful. But many dad, like mothers, can be more vulnerable to depression after the birth of a child.But you’re not alone and help is available. Listen now. 

Outdoor Education

May 31, 2017

Little brains learn best when they are active. That’s why nature makes such a great classroom.

Self-Control

May 24, 2017

 

Self-restraint is hard. So why expect a toddler to have mastered the art of self-control? 

Despite being behind bars and often separated by many miles, young children and their parents still need each other when the adult is incarcerated. 

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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. 


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