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.
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.
Boost Minimum Wage and Babies Benefit: Study (Health Day)
The Effect of an Increased Minimum Wage on Infant Mortality and Birth Weight (American Journal of Public Health )