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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.

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.

Babies and toddlers don’t need fancy electronics to become STEM experts. They need the time and dedication of parents and educators.

Alternative Facts

Mar 8, 2017

Lies, fibs, tall tales, or shall we say “alternative facts.” Whatever you want to call them, it’s a natural part of a child’s development to experiment with the truth. But they need you to guide them.

Baby Box

Mar 6, 2017

Boxes are the latest trend. You can subscribe to have a box deliver your meals. There’s one with razors and organic shaving cream. And one with new desserts to try. Now there’s a box that saves baby’s lives.

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