The First Five Years on WYPR
The First Five Years is a weekly radio program presented by Maryland Family Network and airing on WYPR 88.1 FM. 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 lucky number when it comes to early childhood? Thirteen. Find out why!
High Quality Birth-to-Five Programs Produce Greater Return on Investment (Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute)
The Lifecycle Benefits of an Influential Early Childhood Program (Heckan Equation)
Sing for Success
Singing to your baby writes a score that prepares a child’s brain for future language and communication skills. Listen now!
Count with me
Simply counting objects out loud while playing with your youngster can add up to big benefits later on. Listen to find out why.
Kindergartners’ Mathematics Success Hinges on Preschool Skills (Science Daily)
Focus on this
Vision problems are increasingly common among children. Canadian researchers have found a way to drastically reduce the likelihood of children developing vision issues. Hint: It’s outside.
Outdoor Time is Good for Your Eyes (Science News for Students)
Baby, it’s Cold Outside
Don’t let cold weather stop your children from spending time outside. Contrary to what you may think, exposure to cold weather is beneficial to a little one’s health and development.
Alternatives to Suspension and Expulsion
There are alternatives to suspension and expulsion. Especially when it comes to pre-Kindergartners. Listen to find out more.
Pre-K Expulsion Reports and Policy Briefs (Zigler Center in Child Development and Social Policy)
Four Key Facts About pre-K Expulsion (Eye on Early Education)
Racial Bias (Margaret’s Blog)
Using Positive Discipline (Maryland Family Network)
Building Strong Kids
Who will your child become? That’s a concern for many parents. Duke University researchers may have a clue. Listen now!
Don’t Be a Dope
Many states have or are legalizing marijuana for recreational and/or medicinal purposes. So what does second hand marijuana smoke mean for young children? Listen to find out more.
The Six C’s
Are your children learning their A, B, C’s? What about just the C’s? The book Becoming Brilliant: What Science Tells Us about Raising Successful Children introduces the concept of the six C’s of effective child development. Listen now!
We bring you a special news bulletin: Are your children at risk of Media Malaise? Tune in to find out!
In the moment
Researchers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison say that teaching mindfulness to children as young as four-years-old can help them be more aware of how they are feeling not only physically but also emotionally and socially, and be more aware of the feelings of others.
Teaching Mindfulness to Preschoolers May Improve School Performance (What to Expect)
Spiderman Breaths and Mindfulness in Pre-K (Mindful Schools)
Let them eat dirt.
A little dirt never hurt. In fact, it might be a good thing. Listen to find out why.
Stop keeping your kids too clean for their own good! (Washington Post)
Benefits of Family Care
Parents have many options when it comes to choosing child care. One of the most popular, especially for the very young, is family child care.
The Country has gone through some major changes lately. What hasn’t changed are the needs of our kids.
Motivation to Move Forward (Maryland Family Network)
Time for a Check Up?
A trip to the doctor can be scary. But we’ve got some tips to help make the visit less stressful for everyone.
Helping Kids Who Are Scared of Going to the Doctor (Child Mind Institute)
Language Links to Depression
Something you already do with your toddler just may reduce her chances of experiencing depression during her lifetime. Listen now and find out more.
Early Childhood Language Skills May Impact Depression Risk (Psych Central)
What’s Too Scary? (NAEYC)
4 Ways to Make Halloween Less Scary (Parents)
Please Don’t Scare the Little Ones at Halloween Time (The Hanna Perkins Center for Child Development)
Raising boys to be men
We’ve heard a lot about “locker room talk” lately. What you say now, matters in raising boys to become responsible men.
How to Raise Sons Who Respect Women (Huffington Post)
diversity in early childhood
We live in diverse world. The best early learning environments – at child care and at home– reflect that diversity.
Diversity in Early Childhood Programs (Early Childhood News)
Engaging Diverse Families (NAEYC)
Diversity and Inclusion in Early Care and Education (CDA Council)
Healthy, Wealthy, and Wise
Early to bed and early to rise makes us healthy, wealthy, and wise. But do you know why? Find out!
How an Early Bedtime Can Have Lasting Effects on Kids (CNN)
Children and Sleep (National Sleep Foundation)
This message is just for babies and toddlers. Parents, you’ll thank us later.
STEM in Groups
The University of Washington has found a way to get young learners more interested and competent in STEM subjects—learn in groups.
UW Today (University of Washington)
Play to Learn
Play is how we learn to learn. Beginning at birth, children need lots of play time. Here’s why.
If children learn through play, then a playground is their laboratory. Make sure the playground at your child care meets your little learner’s needs. Listen now.
Playground and Water Safety Guidelines (MSDE)
Playground Safety (Kids Health)
Where Danger Lurks: Evaluating New and Existing Playground Equipment (Early Childhood News)
Why do some subjects seem harder or easier than others? The Theory of Multiple Intelligences offers explanation of why we all learn differently.
Howard Gardner’s Theory of Multiple Intelligences (Northern Illinois University)
As a mom, do you ever feel like a superhero? Well, it’s possible that pregnancy and childbirth may be giving you Super Mommy Brain! Listen now.
What Happens to a Woman’s Brain When She Becomes a Mother (The Atlantic)
Does Having a Baby Really Make It Harder to Concentrate? (Our American Stories)
Many of the professionals entrusted to care for our children are severely underpaid and relying on public assistance to make ends meet. They deserve better.
What to Look For
It’s time to make the hardest choice a new parent can make: selecting a child care provider. Find out if you’re ready.
A mother’s lack of health care coverage can have a devastating impact on her children. Find out how.
Medicaid Expansion Helps Kids by Helping Moms Get Care for Maternal Depression (Center for Law and Social Policy)
What Unites U.S.
Americans just can’t find common ground any more. It seems we’re split down party lines and the division is only getting wider. Except on one issue. Listen now to find out what unites us.
A Divided Electorate is United On Early Childhood Education (First Five Years Fund)
We need to make home sweet home a reality for more families. Find out why.
Safe, Stable Homes Lead to Healthier Children and Families for Baltimore (Children’s Healthwatch)
Reduce Poverty by Improving Housing Stability (Urban Institute)
The Family Options Study (HUD)
Great News for Grandparents
Spending time with your grandchildren could be good for your brain. Learn more.
Babysitting Grandkids Could Lower Risk for Alzheimer’s (Alzheimers.net)
Study Boosts Grandparent-Grandchild Ties (Boston College Chronicle)
The Happiness Gap
Have you heard of the happiness gap? Listen now and find out why American parents are less happy than others.
Why Parents in the U.S. Have the Biggest ‘Happiness Gap’ (Huffington Post)
Americans Work More Than Anyone (ABC News)
Raise the Wage. Raise Healthy Kids.
One way to lower the number of infant deaths in U.S. is by raising the minimum wage. Listen now and learn the difference a dollar can make.