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The First Five Years

Cry Like a Baby

Mar 7, 2018

Babies cry….a lot. But did you know they cry in womb too? A mother’s stress just may be effect how much.

Full STEAM Ahead

Feb 28, 2018


STEM or Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics is an educational philosophy and practice which has really gained momentum of late. But it’s missing something that not only changes the acronym, but the entire program. Add an A for Art and make STEAM.


Decades of psychological experiments with children as young as two-year-old have shown that children lie. But lying is not just normal, it’s a sign of intelligence.


Postpartum depression affects an estimated one out of nine women. These new moms must not only must acclimate to raising a newborn child, but also with the symptoms of this newfound depression. That’s no small feat.

Children have been sitting in front of screens ever since the advent of television. From TVs to smart phones and laptops to LeapFrogs children and adults are fascinated by the near endless possibilities of these devices...

Invest Now.

Jan 31, 2018

Nobel Prize-winning economist James Heckman explains a simple idea in which everyone profits: invest in little kids. 

If Maryland increases the Child Care Subsidy rates so that we are subsidizing parents up to the federally-recommended 75% of child care settings in their communities, families will have more choices and access to better programs. 

Food Insecurity

Jan 17, 2018

When a young child experiences regular bouts of food insecurity they are more likely to be unprepared for kindergarten than children who know where the next meal is coming from. 

We’ve all made bad decisions before. But adverse experiences during the first five years of life can make it very difficult to ever make good decisions. 

Recent research suggest that the quality of what is read to children during the first year of life may be just as important to their development as the quantity of what is read. 

Spanking a child has long-term consequences. New research suggests that people who are spanked during early childhood have a greater likelihood of perpetrating violence toward romantic partners. 

Too Many Toys

Dec 21, 2017

The holidays are a tempting time to shower children with toys. At the risk of sounding like the Grinch, a new study suggests that there can be too much of a good thing when it comes to children and toys.

Cute Aggression

Dec 14, 2017

That impulse to take a little bite out of a baby due to his or her overwhelming cuteness actually has a name…and a purpose. Find out more! 

Stick to It

Dec 6, 2017

Young children who watch adults remain committed to a task are more likely to try harder when performing their own tasks. Find out why this matters! 

The Money Myth

Nov 29, 2017

There’s a myth in America that anyone who is determined enough can get rich. But the family you’re born into is a much more likely predictor of future wealth.

Gun violence, natural disasters, and house fires can make the world seem very scary. Maryland Family Network has resources available to protect children and help parents feel confident about leaving their child in the care of others. 

According to UNICEF there are three essential national policies that support families with young children -- two years of free early childhood education for three and four year olds; paid breastfeeding breaks for new moms for the first six months; and adequate paid parental leave. The U.S. has none of these. Let’s change that. 


During the first 1,000 days of a child’s life there is more growth and development than at any other point in life. What and whom a child is exposed to during the first 1,000 days influence a child for life.

You can’t control the genes your baby inherits. But you can determine how well your baby is loved and supported. Abuse and neglect in early childhood can profoundly effect on the brain.

Let's Talk Teens

Oct 25, 2017

At Maryland Family Network we say that the first five years of a child’s life are the most important. That’s true but today we want to talk about teenagers. 

Your Song

Oct 18, 2017

It happens all over the world regardless of language or culture—a mother sings to her baby to soothe, to comfort, and to connect. Researchers at the University of Miami’s Frost School of Music found that this ritual has profound effects on mothers too.

Do you know any four-year-olds who might actually be superheroes? What about a three-year-old who is a master chef? In the quickly developing mind of a young child these possibilities are as real as can be. A multitude of new research shows overwhelming benefits of a child’s make-believe play.

Economists agree: investing in early childhood saves money. 

Dr.’s Orders

Sep 21, 2017

The American Academy of Pediatrics are calling on their members to advocate high-quality early childhood education. It’s a matter of good health. 

Quality Matters

Sep 13, 2017

When looking for child care, quality matters. Here are a few things to look for.

Myth Busters

Sep 6, 2017

Here are few parenting myths we've debunked just for you. 

Modern Family

Aug 31, 2017

What defines a family? That depends on who you ask. 

The Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting Program (MIECHV) is up for reauthorization in September. Without this crucial evidence-based program, many at-risk pregnant women and parents with young children will not get the services they need to be healthy and productive.

Changing child care setting can be stressful on young children and negatively affect their social development. 

There is a proven way to reduce violence, crime, and addiction – invest in children.