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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.

Lucky 13

Feb 15, 2017

The lucky number when it comes to early childhood? Thirteen. Find out why!

Sing for Success

Feb 8, 2017

Singing to your baby writes a score that prepares a child’s brain for future language and communication skills. Listen now!

Count With Me

Feb 1, 2017

Count with me.

Simply counting objects out loud while playing with your youngster can add up to big benefits later on. Listen to find out why.

Focus on this.

Vision problems are increasingly common among children. Canadian researchers have found a way to drastically reduce the likely hood of children developing vision issues. Hint: It’s outside.

Don’t let cold weather stop your children from spending time outside. Contrary to what you may think, exposure to cold weather is beneficial to a little one’s health and development.

There are alternatives to suspension and expulsion. Especially when it comes to very young children. Listen to find out more.

Who will your child become? That’s a concern for many parents. Duke University researchers may have a clue. Listen now!

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Many states have or are legalizing marijuana for recreational and/or medicinal purposes. So what does second hand marijuana smoke mean for young children? Listen to find out more. 

The Six C’s

Dec 21, 2016

Are your children learning their A, B, C’s? What about just the C’s? The book Becoming Brilliant: What Science Tells Us about Raising Successful Children introduces the concept of the six C's of effective child development. Listen now!

Media Malaise

Dec 14, 2016

We bring you a special news bulletin: Are your children at risk of Media Malaise? Tune in to find out!

In the Moment

Dec 7, 2016

Researchers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison say that teaching mindfulness to children as young as four-years-old can help them be more aware of how they are feeling not only physically but also emotionally and socially, and be more aware of the feelings of others.

Let them eat dirt

Nov 30, 2016

A little dirt never hurt. In fact, it might be a good thing. Listen to find out why.

Family Child Care

Nov 23, 2016


A Great U.S.

Nov 16, 2016

The Country has gone through some major changes lately. What hasn't changed, are the needs of our kids.

A trip to the doctor can be scary. But we’ve got some tips to help make the visit less stressful for everyone.

Something you already do with your toddler just may reduce her chances of experiencing depression during her lifetime. Listen now and find out more.

Too Spooky?

Nov 2, 2016

Halloween can be a little too scary for some little ones. We've got tips to keep the fun and avoid the fear.  

We've heard a lot about "locker room talk" lately. What you say now, matters in raising boys to become responsible men.

How important is diversity in an early childhood education setting? Very.

Early to bed and early to rise makes us healthy, wealthy, and wise. But do you know why? Find out!

Attention Babies!

Sep 28, 2016

This message is just for babies and toddlers. Parent's you'll thank us later.  


The Future of STEM

Sep 21, 2016

The University of Washington has found a way to get young learners more interested and competent in STEM subjects—learn in groups.  Listen now. 

Play to Learn

Sep 14, 2016

Play is how we learn to learn. Beginning at birth children need lots of play time. Here’s why.

On The Playground

Sep 7, 2016

  If children learn through play, then a playground is their laboratory. Make sure the playground at your childcare meets your little learner’s needs.  Listen now.

Why do some subjects seem harder or easier than others? The Theory of Multiple Intelligences offers explanation of why we all learn differently. Listen now.

Mommy Brain

Aug 24, 2016

As a mom do you ever feel like a superhero? Well it's possible that pregnancy and child birth may be giving you Super Mommy Brain!


Many of the professionals entrusted to care for our children are severely underpaid and relying on public assistance to make ends meet. They deserve better.  

What to Look For

Aug 10, 2016

It's time to make the hardest choice a new parent can make: selecting a child care provider. Find out if you're ready.

    

Medicaid Expansion

A mother's lack of health care coverage can have a devastating impact on her children. Find out how.

What Unites U.S.

Jul 27, 2016

Americans just can’t find common ground any more. It seems we’re split down party lines and the division is only getting wider. Except on one issue. Listen now to find out what unites us.     

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