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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.

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. 


Strong Foundations

May 3, 2017
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Here is some news that will expand your mind. For years it was thought that a newborn’s brain makes 700 to 1,000 new neural connections per second. An impressive number to be sure. But just last month, the Harvard University Center on the Developing Child released new research showing that there are significantly more neural connections being made in the brain during those early years.

How many? Listen to find out.

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The price of high-quality child care is through the roof.  Every parent knows that.  Here in the Old Line State, the price tag is on par with a year’s tuition at the University of Maryland. 

Where do you see your child in 10 years? 25 years? How about 50 years from now? If they have access to quality early care and education, parents may be a little closer to being able to predict a child’s future.  

Sleep Tight

Apr 12, 2017

Getting enough sleep is even more important to a child’s development than you might think. Rest assured getting that sleep is possible. Find out more. 

Food insecurity

Apr 5, 2017

Food insecurity touches one in six children in our nation. It’s a problem that will affect them into adulthood.

Did you ever cram for an exam?  It was probably not a successful way to learn. But babies are learning incredible amounts very quickly. Find out how!

Anti-bias education builds self-awareness and confidence in young children. It teaches them to celebrate the differences that make our country.

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