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.

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

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The First Five Years
4:04 am
Wed April 16, 2014

The First Five Years: STEM

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Why wait until school? STEM is all around us! Developing STEM skills-- science, technology, engineering and math-- help children do well in all areas of study. Especially when we start early. Teaching STEM skills can be easy, fun and inexpensive. For more on this topic visit marylandfamilynetwork.org

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The First Five Years
4:40 pm
Wed April 9, 2014

The First Five Years: Childhood Mental Health

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The First Five Years episode on "Childhood Mental Health."

If left untreated, a mental health problem can delay a child’s normal development and lead to more severe problems later on. It’s good to know there are others that parents can turn to and trust. Maryland Family Network mental health specialists, work directly with child care providers, children and parents, to identify and solve problems.  Together you can decide if it’s just growing pains or something more.

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The First Five Years
5:30 am
Wed April 2, 2014

The First Five Years: How to be a Successful Grandparent

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The April 2 "First Five Years" episode "Grandparenting."

Being a grandparent – like being a parent – isn't easy, especially in this digital age where things change so quickly. This week we present 10 tips on how to be a successful grandparent.

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The First Five Years
11:39 am
Fri March 28, 2014

The First Five Years: Blocks

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The March 26 episode of "The First Five Years."

“The building blocks of our children’s success” is often used to refer to the latest trends for children. But it turns out that one of the most significant building blocks a child encounters is exactly that—blocks.

For more on this topic and others, visit marylandfamilynetwork.org

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The First Five Years
9:25 am
Thu March 20, 2014

The First Five Years: Choosing Child Care

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March 20 episode of "The First Five Years:" Choosing Child Care

Choosing child care is stressful for any parent. For parents who have children with special needs, the anxieties can be compounded. LOCATE: Child Care, a program of Maryland Family Network, is designed to help all parents in Maryland find child care.

For more on this topic and others, visit marylandfamilynetwork.org

The First Five Years
12:31 pm
Thu March 13, 2014

The First Five Years: Read Aloud

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If you haven't read to your child in a while--or ever, now is a great time to start. March is 'Read Aloud' month, and Maryland Family Network has compiled a helpful list of reading tips for parents. 

Maryland Family Network has more resources on this topic. You can learn more here

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The First Five Years
11:16 am
Wed January 8, 2014

The First Five Years: Parenting for Authentic Success

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January 8, 2014

Children learn through experience – both success and failure.  So, children learn from their victories, and also through scraped knees, and collapsed castles.  When children learn from these incidents, we call them “successful failures.”

To learn more, visit Maryland Family Network.org. 

Additional Resources: 

Madeline Levine: Parenting for Authentic Success (KQED)

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The First Five Years
11:23 am
Wed December 25, 2013

The First Five Years: Boxes and Imaginative Play

Imaginative play in progress.
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December 25, 2013

Playing in and with boxes is great fun for kids, and it's also a learning opportunity. It's empowering because the child gets to decide what the box is going to be, exercising her ingenuity, problem-solving skills, and spatial ability.

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The First Five Years
4:49 pm
Wed December 11, 2013

The First Five Years: Protective Factors

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Strengthening Families is an approach to promoting healthy family functioning. Taken together, protective and promotive factors increase the probability of positive, adaptive and healthy outcomes, even in the face of risk and adversity.

The Protective Factors Framework (Center for the Study of Social Policy) provides an overview of the five Protective Factors listed above.

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The First Five Years
4:33 pm
Wed December 4, 2013

The First Five Years: Approaches to Learning

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From birth, children are intensely engaged in learning how to learn. They are propelled by motivation, attitudes, and habits that experts call "approaches to learning."

Child Development Tracker from PBS Parents provides age-specific suggestions for nurturing your child’s curiosity, persistence, problem solving, and imagination.  Select your child’s age and then click on “Approaches to Learning.”

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