The First Five Years

Wednesdays at 4:32 pm
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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.

A hands-on approach is a great way for young children to develop a lifelong love of science. Learn more at

When was the last time you had a conversation with a baby? It should be as often as possible. Responding to her coos and babbles just might be the key that shifts language development into high gear.

Human touch comforts, stimulates, and conveys emotions. But when does our need to be touched begin? What are the effects of touch on babies?

You tried working things out.  But it's over.  Now you must break the news.  Explaining divorce or separation to a young child is hard.  Finding the age appropriate words and actions is important.  We have some tips to help ease the pain.

When reading a bedtime story to a child, have you ever wondered what he or she is thinking about? Well, researchers say they have more evidence that reading to young children has an impact on their developing minds. Listen now and then visit for more information.

Wouldn't it be splendid if Mary Poppins appeared one day with all her magic to babysit for your children? In real the world, finding the right babysitter can be a source of anxiety.

Is your baby conducting experiments? Well, if she drops peas from her high chair or loves to toss baby food across the room, than you have a little scientist. Visit for more information.

Did you know there is a connection between diapers and depression? Listen to find out why. Then visit for more early childhood information.

Just how important are the first years of life? Well researchers have found further evidence that the type of emotional support a child receives as a baby and toddler, can shape educational outcomes and relationships as an adult.

Building blocks are a great toy. They encourage spatial skills and creativity. But researchers think they may do much more than that.