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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.

Do you know the difference between praise and encouragement? Listen and find out! Then visit marylandfamilynetwork.org for more information.  

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The Diaper Divide

May 25, 2016

 There is a diaper divide in America. But together we can wipe out this problem. Visit www.MarylandFamilyNetwork.org for more information.

Spare the Spanking

May 18, 2016

Researchers from the Universities of Texas and Michigan, found that sparking does much more harm than good.

Listen now to learn more.


Time-outs are a common discipline technique used by parents. But authors of the best-selling book, The Whole Brain Child say this method may do more harm than good.

Listen now to learn more.


Tiny Teeth

May 5, 2016

Early childhood cavities are the number one chronic disease affecting young children in America. Even more common than asthma or hay fever. The Children’s Dental Health Project has ideas for how to change that.

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What's Toys Teach?

Apr 28, 2016

Just because the box says "educational" doesn't mean it's best for your baby. Listen now and learn more.

Visit marylandfamilynetwork.org for more information.  

Make Room for Men

Apr 20, 2016

Most of the early care and education field is dominated by women. We're grateful for the dedication they bring but men can also be a huge asset during the early years. 

Listen now to learn how to attract more men to this important field of work.

Visit www.marylandfamilynetwork.org for more information.

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.

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