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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.

New research from the Economic Policy Institute supports what Maryland Family Network has known for a long time -- making public investments in early childhood care and education not only helps families make ends meet but would also provide a major boost to the State's economy. Listen now and learn more.

  There's just something enchanting about that new baby smell.  In fact, it is something biological that entices our olfactory and bonds us with babies.  Listen now and visit www.marylandfamilynetwork.org for more.

Family Meal Time

Mar 30, 2016

With very young children and many demands on parents, eating together as a family can seem impossible. But the benefits of family meal time last a lifetime.

Listen now for tips on bringing the family together around the table.

More information is atwww.marylandfamilynetwork.org

Imagine raising children while living in poverty. Now imagine all of those challenges and struggling with depression too.

Learn more at www.marylandfamilynetwork.org.

Great Ideas

Mar 16, 2016

Maryland Family Network encourages creative approaches to help both child care professionals and families. These great ideas give kids a great start!

Cursing Kids

Mar 9, 2016

What does a parent do when his young child takes up cursing? We’ve got advice you can swear by! Listen now.

Try Mother's Milk!

Mar 2, 2016

Breastfeeding is good for baby and mother too! Try Mother's Milk today!

Visit www.marylandfamilynetwork.org to learn more.

Trends 2016

Feb 24, 2016

Trends in Child Care is Maryland Family Network’s signature publication which summarizes the critical components of child care -- demand, supply, and cost -- from 2011 to 2020. Download your copy at www.marylandfamilynetwork.org today.

Worth Remembering

Feb 17, 2016

Strengthen your child’s memory while also creating a stronger bond with your child.  Listen now.

Parents want to raise grateful children. There are many ways parents can nurture gratitude in children from an early age.  To Find out more, listen now.

Disparity in Diet

Feb 4, 2016

  

Eating healthy can be expensive. Join us to ensure that all families have access to quality meal time options. Listen now.

Illegal child care is unlicensed, unsafe, and unfair to our children. Let’s work together to make child care safe, affordable, and accessible for all. We can’t afford not to.  Listen now.

Depression in young children should be diagnosed and treated early to avoid long-lasting problems. Maryland Family Network’s Child Care Resource Network can help. Listen now.

Coping With Tragedy

Jan 13, 2016

Coping with tragedy is hard for people of any age. But there are ways we can help kids understand what’s happening without letting a sense of loss or fear overwhelm them. Listen now.

Space Exploration

Jan 6, 2016

Young children who learn spatial reasoning skills before age five are likely to possess stronger math skills in elementary school. Spatial skills mastered early may also be a predictor of which children will pursue careers in science, technology, engineering, and math. Listen now to learn more.

Do you wonder how much today’s electronic revolution is impacting the way our kids think and act? A lot, it turns out.


Music is a constant source of joy – whether singing in the shower or dancing to the radio in the kitchen. But did you know that music can also promote a child's social, emotional, and cognitive development?

Keeping Babies Safe in Winter and all Year. Did you know that newborn babies are at an increased risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome during the winter months? Learn how to protect your baby. Listen now.  

More children die in our country from guns than from cancer, pneumonia, or HIV. What can be done? Listen now.

What if we told you that a toddler might be able to go toe to toe against a heavy weight champ, a Tour de France cyclist, or a long distance runner? Listen now and be prepared to be amazed!

Chaos Theory

Nov 25, 2015

Chaotic homes can negatively affect children’s academic achievement, attention spans, and be an indicator for social and behavioral problems.

Thanksgiving

Nov 21, 2015

Thanksgiving is nearly here. We are thankful for all that has been accomplished on behalf very young children and their families. As well as all that is to come. What are you thankful for?

Sleep Well!

Nov 11, 2015

Keeping regular sleep patterns are important for a young child's development. Listen for some findings from SLEEP 2015, an annual gathering of Professional Sleep Societies.

It's a bird...it's a plane...it's Resilient Parent! This superhero may not fly or leap tall buildings, but she can save your child's future. What's her true identity? It's you!

Learn more by visiting www.marylandfamilynetwork.org

Dude! You've changed.

This is an all too familiar sentiment that many new dads hear from their friends. Well, new research shows that dads do change. And for the better.

The cost of child care in America has been on the rise since 2010. In Maryland, child care is almost always the second or third largest household expense for families. It's an investment worth the money.

Visit www.marylandfamilynetwork.org for more information.

Twenty million American's live in deep poverty. For a single parent raising one child, that translates to a gross family income of less than $7,600 dollars a year. That's pretty deep.

Visit www.marylandfamilynetwork.org to learn more.

Sharing is hard. Look at the difficulty some adults us have relinquishing the TV remote!  And we're often pained to lend a friend a favorite book or let our partner use our car. So it's no wonder that sharing doesn't come easily to children.

  A childs temperament describes how she approaches and reacts to the world. It’s her personal "style." Understanding your child's temperament can make you a better parent.

Adults can be quick to judge people.  We form our opinions based on not only what people say, but also how they say it.  Now researchers at the University of Toronto suggest that very young children make similar snap judgments about people based on tone of voice alone.

Learn more at www.marylandfamilynetwork.org.

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