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    PNS Daily News - July 1, 20160 


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Early Childhood Education

Now that summer vacation has started, teachers are stressing the need to keep kids engaged in learning. (Woodley Wonderworks - Flickr)

RICHMOND, Va. - With schools in Virginia out for the summer, educators stress that we should keep our young students connected to learning, to avoid the "summer slide." Alexandria 4th grade teacher Christina Bohringer said research confirms that children lose ground if they don't keep reading and ...Read More

Progress Virginia makes may in part depend on dealing with the one in six state children growing up in poverty. (Beatrice Murch/Wikipedia)

RICHMOND, Va. - Virginia risks its future if it fails to help the more than a quarter million children living in poverty, say child advocates. The recent Kids Count report from the Annie E. Casey Foundation moved the state up three spots to eleventh in overall child welfare. Margaret Nimmo Holland ...Read More

Olympic Peninsula YMCAs are using school gardens to teach children during the summer. (Growing Great/flickr)

SEATTLE - Children who rely on school meal programs often struggle with hunger over the summer, when access to meal programs is limited. According to a report from the Food Research and Action Center, Washington saw a 27 percent increase in average participation per day in summer nutrition programs ...Read More

Raising SNAP or food-stamp benefits would lead to healthier diets for low-income families, according to a new report. (Pixabay)

DENVER -- Giving low-income families a little more money to spend on food would lead to healthier meals and free up funds for other necessities such as housing and transportation, according to new research. Increasing SNAP or food-stamp benefits by $30 per person per month also would help families ...Read More

More than 600 community sites across Colorado are set to provide meals to children up to 18 years old at no cost during summer months. (Pixabay)

DENVER – Summer should be a fun time for all Colorado children, but many are at risk of going hungry when school cafeteria doors close. In response, a collaboration of government agencies, nonprofit groups and school districts will provide free meals to all children up to 18 years old at mor ...Read More

Half of Pennsylvania school districts plan to reduce academic and extracurricular programs this fall. (Gov. Tom Wolf/Flickr)

HARRISBURG, Pa. - The state's largest union for teachers says passing the school-funding formula is a step in the right direction, but schools still need more money from the state. The new funding formula means districts with higher needs will get a bigger share of the education money. But Jerry ...Read More

New Hampshire ranks sixth in the nation for graduation rates, but a new report says the state could do even better by graduating more students with disabilities. (Eevenson/Wikimedia Commons)

CONCORD, N.H. - As New Hampshire students take pride in earning their high school diplomas, a new report ranks the state in the top 10 for graduation rates. New Hampshire ranks sixth in the U.S. in the new report, Building a Grad Nation. Lead author and senior education adviser Jennifer DePaoli ...Read More

Virginia is moving toward a smarter, more integrated approach to early-childhood development, say advocates for early learning. (National Institute For Early Education)

RICHMOND, Va. - Virginia is taking a smart approach to early childhood development efforts, according to advocates of early learning. The state has been criticized for not making public preschool accessible to more children, but Emily Griffey, senior policy analyst for early care and education at V ...Read More

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