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.
Here is some news that will expand your mind. For years it was thought that a newborn’s brain makes 700 to 1,000 new neural connections per second. It’s actually more. A lot more.
The Price of Doing Nothing
The price of high-quality child care is through the roof. But what is the price of not helping our children get a strong start?
The Lifecycle Benefits of an Influential Early Childhood Program (Heckman Equation)
Child Care Subsidy Program (Maryland Family Network)
MFN Written Testimony (Includes testimony regarding Child Care Subsidy) (Maryland Family Network)
46 Years of Progress
Where do you see your child in 10 years? 25 years? How about 50 years from now? If they have access to quality early care and education, parents may be a little closer to being able to predict a child’s future.
Getting enough sleep is even more important to a child’s development than you might think. Rest assured getting that sleep is possible. Find out more.
Sleep in early childhood may lead to cognitive, behavioral problems in later years (Science Daily)
Children and Sleep (National Sleep Foundation)
Food insecurity touches one in six children in our nation. It’s a problem that will affect them into adulthood.
Building Baby’s Brains
Did you ever cram for an exam? It was probably not a successful way to learn. But babies are learning incredible amounts very quickly. Find out how!
Talking is teaching: 5 creative ways to help your baby learn today (Mother.ly)
Learning, Play, and Your Newborn (KidsHealth.org)
Anti-bias education builds self-awareness and confidence in young children. It teaches them to celebrate the differences that make our country great.
Anti-Bias Education (NAEYC)
Coding Babies for Success
Babies and toddlers don’t need fancy electronics to become STEM experts. They need the time and dedication of parents and educators.
Lies, fibs, tall tales, or shall we say “alternative facts.” Whatever you want to call them, it’s a natural part of a child’s development to experiment with the truth. But they need you to guide them.
When Young Children Lie (Zero to Three)
Boxes are the latest trend. You can subscribe to have a box deliver your meals. There’s one with razors and organic shaving cream. And one with new desserts to try. Now, there’s a box that saves baby’s lives.
One Year Can Change a Life
What if just one year could change your life? It can. If it happens at an early age.
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)