The First Five Years

Wednesdays at 4:32 pm
Hosted by: Linnea Anderson

"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.

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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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The First Five Years on "Emergency Preparedness."

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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Linnea Anderson on "Parent Provider Communication."

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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The First Five Years on "Math."

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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The First Five Years on "Communication."

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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The First Five Years
3:46 pm
Wed June 25, 2014

The First Five Years: Summer Learning

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"The First Five Years" on "Summer Learning."

Need a cure for the summertime blues? Try learning something new! Whether you go down to the ocean or stay at home this summer, chances to learn are everywhere. For more on this topic visit www.marylandfamilynetwork.org

The First Five Years
4:32 am
Wed June 18, 2014

The First Five Years: Fatherhood

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The First Five Years: Fathers

Let’s change the way we talk about fatherhood. 

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The First Five Years
4:47 pm
Wed June 11, 2014

The First Five Years: Talking About Loss

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The First Five Years "Talking About Loss."

When a loved one dies, parents may wonder how or even if to talk about this with children.

When parents talk honestly and in age-appropriate ways, children can make sense of the experience.

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The First Five Years
3:44 pm
Wed June 4, 2014

The First Five Years: Storytelling

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We each have a story to tell. It’s your turn. 

Since the dawn of time, there have been storytellers. But we are just starting to understand how important this tradition is. New research published in The Atlantic suggests that young children who hear lots of detailed family stories grow into well-adjusted adolescents.

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The First Five Years
4:56 pm
Wed May 28, 2014

The First Five Years: Pets

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The May 28 episode of "The First Five Years."

Children and Pets

There’s nothing cuter than young children and animals together. When children help care for a pet it teaches responsibility and boosts self-esteem. But if you’re thinking about adopting a cuddly companion, listen to this first. 

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The First Five Years
5:06 pm
Wed May 21, 2014

The First Five Years: Military Families

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Finding child care is often difficult. With frequent relocations, deployments, and distance from extended family, it can be especially hard for military families. That’s where Maryland Family Network comes in. LOCATE: Child Care has helped many military personnel find options that are right for them. A LOCATE Referral Specialist works directly with families to help identify quality care and find openings. This lets service members focus on jobs and their families. 

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