The First Five Years

The First Five Years
2:26 pm
Fri December 19, 2014

The First Five Years: Little sibling. Big changes

When you’re a toddler the world revolves around you. The arrival of a new little brother or sister is exciting for grown-ups.  But for the first born it can be stressful and scary.


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The First Five Years
4:51 pm
Wed December 10, 2014

The First Five Years: A Lesson That Earns Interest

Learning the value of money and how to make it last should start young. In fact, financial literacy can be begin with babies.

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The First Five Years
3:49 pm
Thu December 4, 2014

The First Five Years: Time to Give Thanks

  The holidays can be full of stress. But with a little planning and teamwork, Thanksgiving can be a wonderful time for all ages to reflect on all that is good in our lives.

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The First Five Years
1:54 pm
Thu November 20, 2014

The First Five Years: A Healthy Sense of Humor

Will your little one grow up to be the next Joan Rivers or Steve Martin?  Maybe not.  But even so, the ability to chuckle, giggle, and laugh helps to reduce stress, build connections and encourage creative thinking.


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The First Five Years
4:30 am
Wed November 12, 2014

The First Five Years: Bullying

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Bullying can start in the early years—even before school. Young children might call names, act out physically, or intimate others. Listen to learn tips aimed at helping parents and caregivers prevent bullying early and to keep it from escalating. 

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The First Five Years
4:30 am
Wed November 5, 2014

The First Five Years: Quantity vs. Quality

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For more than two decades, experts have recognized the importance of early exposure to a language-rich environment.  By age three, children from low-income families hear far fewer words than their more affluent peers-- nearly 30 million fewer words. This disparity puts poorer children at a huge disadvantage when starting school. But a Temple University study suggests that exposing low- income children to more language isn’t enough to overcome this difference.

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The First Five Years
4:30 pm
Wed October 29, 2014

The First Five Years: Attachment

Dr. Erickson.
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What does it take for parents to build a secure attachment with their child? Find out this week as we welcome Dr. Marti Erickson as guest host of The First Five Years. 

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The First Five Years
4:30 pm
Wed October 22, 2014

The First Five Years: You Can Be Our Champion

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If you could change the lives of millions of children and families for the better, in a matter of just minutes, would you do it? Listen to find out what it takes.

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The First Five Years
4:30 pm
Wed October 15, 2014

The First Five Years: Research That is Music to the Ears

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New research about from Northwestern University will be music to your ears. They found that after two years of musical training, the brain function of at-risk children improved significantly. What’s more, this research could hold the key to reducing the achievement gap. Listen now to learn more.

The First Five Years
2:31 pm
Wed October 8, 2014

The First Five Years: Hope for Trauma Survivors

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Just under half of the children in the United States have lived through at least one traumatic experience. These experiences have lasting effects on health, social, and economic outcomes in adulthood. But there is hope. Listen to find out how you can help.

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