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
4:30 am
Wed November 12, 2014

The First Five Years: Bullying

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Bullying can start in the early years—even before school. Young children might call names, act out physically, or intimate others. Listen to learn tips aimed at helping parents and caregivers prevent bullying early and to keep it from escalating. 

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The First Five Years
4:30 am
Wed November 5, 2014

The First Five Years: Quantity vs. Quality

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For more than two decades, experts have recognized the importance of early exposure to a language-rich environment.  By age three, children from low-income families hear far fewer words than their more affluent peers-- nearly 30 million fewer words. This disparity puts poorer children at a huge disadvantage when starting school. But a Temple University study suggests that exposing low- income children to more language isn’t enough to overcome this difference.

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The First Five Years
4:30 pm
Wed October 29, 2014

The First Five Years: Attachment

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What does it take for parents to build a secure attachment with their child? Find out this week as we welcome Dr. Marti Erickson as guest host of The First Five Years. 

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The First Five Years
4:30 pm
Wed October 22, 2014

The First Five Years: You Can Be Our Champion

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If you could change the lives of millions of children and families for the better, in a matter of just minutes, would you do it? Listen to find out what it takes.

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The First Five Years
4:30 pm
Wed October 15, 2014

The First Five Years: Research That is Music to the Ears

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New research about from Northwestern University will be music to your ears. They found that after two years of musical training, the brain function of at-risk children improved significantly. What’s more, this research could hold the key to reducing the achievement gap. Listen now to learn more.

The First Five Years
2:31 pm
Wed October 8, 2014

The First Five Years: Hope for Trauma Survivors

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Just under half of the children in the United States have lived through at least one traumatic experience. These experiences have lasting effects on health, social, and economic outcomes in adulthood. But there is hope. Listen to find out how you can help.

The First Five Years
4:38 pm
Wed October 1, 2014

The First Five Years: Turning Nightmares into Sweet Dreams

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Nightmares can be triggered by a number of things. It’s important to take the time to listen and comfort your child as she experiences this important but sometimes scary milestone.     

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The First Five Years
4:08 pm
Wed September 24, 2014

The First Five Years: Anxiety in Children

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Anxiety is a normal part of life, even for young children. It’s especially common when children are separated from parents for the first time. But for some children the symptoms continue and may get worse. Find out what you need to know to make sure your child’s anxiety isn’t interfering with her development and happiness. 

The First Five Years
4:47 pm
Wed September 17, 2014

The First Five Years: Kindergarten Readiness

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Are you ready for kindergarten? It won’t be long until your preschooler is ready to start kindergarten. This can be challenging for both children and parents. Start planning now to help make the transition a smooth one.

The First Five Years
4:38 pm
Tue September 9, 2014

The First Five Years: Social Competency

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Are you raising a social child? Parents want to help children grow up to feel confident and secure. But the markers of social competency in young children can be hard to spot. But there are signs to look for. Listen now to find out more.

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