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 August 20, 2014

The First Five Years: EXCELS

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The First Five Years
4:32 am
Tue August 12, 2014

The First Five Years: LOCATE Child Care

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Reliable child care is just a phone call away. Take the time to make the right choice—the first five years last forever. 

Early childhood development occurs rapidly, so choosing a reliable care provider is critically important. LOCATE: Child Care, a FREE phone referral service of Maryland Family Network, can help you make the right choice.

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The First Five Years
5:00 am
Wed August 6, 2014

The First Five Years: Healthy Eating

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Got a picky eater at home? Relax. It's not uncommon for young children to turn down a new food up to 15 times before they even try it. Zero to Three has some ideas that may help around your dinner table.

The First Five Years
4:08 pm
Wed July 30, 2014

The First Five Years: Get Moving

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Young children are naturally active. So if we give them plenty of room and opportunity to move, they’ll literally jump at the chance. Children who exercise are healthier physically and emotionally. Listen for some ways to get the kids in your life moving towards a lifetime of fitness.   

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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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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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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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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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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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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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Let’s change the way we talk about fatherhood. 

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