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.
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)