The First Five Years

The First Five Years on WYPR

The First 5 Years Banner
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.

61557252 - high angle view of handsome young afro american father looking at camera and showing silence sign while lying on sofa at home. little baby is sleeping in dad's arms

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)


Attention: Babies!

This message is just for babies and toddlers. Parents, you’ll thank us later.

How Babies Communicate (Kids Health)
How to Support Your Child’s Communication Skills (Zero to Three)


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)

43224326 - portrait of little african american little girl sitting on the floor and playing - black people

Play to Learn

Play is how we learn to learn. Beginning at birth, children need lots of play time. Here’s why.

The Power of Play (Minnesota Children’s Museum)
10 Things Every Parent Should Know About Play (NAEYC)


Play Labs

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)

27299224 - early learning baby

Multiple Intelligences

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)

14635126 - young woman with red super heros kit smiling

Mommy Brain

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)

Childcare provider and three young children at the drawing table

Provider’s Paychecks

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.

Trends in Child Care (MFN)
The State of Early Childhood Workforce (Center for the Study of Child Care Employment)

27430678 - young family coloring easter eggs in kitchen

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.

Choosing Child Care (MFN)
Choosing Child Care for Children with Special Needs (MFN)


medicaid expansion

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)
47040400 - 2016 us presidential elections map concept isolated on white background

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)

Stable housing is imperative - parents worry, with child

unstable housing

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)

21693733 - caucasian grandmother carrying her small latin granddaughter

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 (
Study Boosts Grandparent-Grandchild Ties (Boston College Chronicle)

33546113 - family with baby relaxing on outdoor garden swing seat

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)

28409819 - cropped image of doctor performing ultrasound on pregnant woman in clinic

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 )

More First Five Years