early childhood

The First Five Years
11:16 am
Wed January 8, 2014

The First Five Years: Parenting for Authentic Success

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January 8, 2014

Children learn through experience – both success and failure.  So, children learn from their victories, and also through scraped knees, and collapsed castles.  When children learn from these incidents, we call them “successful failures.”

To learn more, visit Maryland Family Network.org. 

Additional Resources: 

Madeline Levine: Parenting for Authentic Success (KQED)

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The First Five Years
11:23 am
Wed December 25, 2013

The First Five Years: Boxes and Imaginative Play

Imaginative play in progress.
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December 25, 2013

Playing in and with boxes is great fun for kids, and it's also a learning opportunity. It's empowering because the child gets to decide what the box is going to be, exercising her ingenuity, problem-solving skills, and spatial ability.

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The First Five Years
4:49 pm
Wed December 11, 2013

The First Five Years: Protective Factors

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Strengthening Families is an approach to promoting healthy family functioning. Taken together, protective and promotive factors increase the probability of positive, adaptive and healthy outcomes, even in the face of risk and adversity.

The Protective Factors Framework (Center for the Study of Social Policy) provides an overview of the five Protective Factors listed above.

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The First Five Years
4:33 pm
Wed December 4, 2013

The First Five Years: Approaches to Learning

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From birth, children are intensely engaged in learning how to learn. They are propelled by motivation, attitudes, and habits that experts call "approaches to learning."

Child Development Tracker from PBS Parents provides age-specific suggestions for nurturing your child’s curiosity, persistence, problem solving, and imagination.  Select your child’s age and then click on “Approaches to Learning.”

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The First Five Years
1:19 pm
Tue December 3, 2013

The First Five Years: The Promise of Pre-K

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  November 6, 2013

Preschool plays an important role in preparing children to succeed in kindergarten.  Publicly funded pre-K helps ensure that children of all income levels have access to preschool.

For more on this topic and others, visit marylandfamilynetwork.org

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The First Five Years
1:09 pm
Tue December 3, 2013

The First Five Years: Brain Development

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November 13, 2013

From birth to age five, children experience a surge in brain growth and cognitive ability that sets the framework for all future development.

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The First Five Years
12:57 pm
Tue December 3, 2013

The First Five Years: The Effects of Childhood Trauma

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 November 27, 2013

You often hear it said that “Children are resilient” – but perhaps not as resilient as we’d like to believe.  There is staggering evidence that trauma in childhood has lasting effects and directly contributes to health, social, and economic outcomes in adulthood.

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