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    PNS Daily News - April 17, 20150 


    Featured on our Friday rundown: President Obama wins a deal on fast track trade authority but protesters will be out in force this weekend; two years after a deadly explosion at a Texas fertilizer plant first responders still at risk from dangerous chemicals; and we ponder whether teens can still balance a checkbook during Smart Money Week.

Early Childhood Education

PHOTO: As lawmakers debate various proposals for improving the access to and quality of early childhood education in Minnesota, advocates this week are celebrating the Week of the Young Child. Photo credit: davitydave/Flickr.

ST. PAUL, Minn. - This is the Week of the Young Child in Minnesota, set aside to recognize the importance of quality early life experiences for all kids, which has has been a focus this year at the State Capitol. Karen Fogolin, associate director with Child Care Aware of Minnesota, says making su ...Read More

PHOTO: Education and nutrition leaders gathered in Indianapolis for a summit to explore ways districts can offer breakfast to more children in school. Photo courtesy of the USDA.

INDIANAPOLIS - A healthy breakfast has been shown to boost brain power, and Indiana is expanding efforts to ensure every student starts the day ready to learn. At a nutrition summit Wednesday in Indianapolis, teachers, administrators and food service directors brainstormed ways to get more kids to ...Read More

PHOTO: The White House’s immigration reform actions have been stalled by a challenge in federal court, but city and state officials in New York still are preparing for them to take effect. Photo credit: SEIU/CC.

NEW YORK - The White House's immigration-reform actions have been stalled by a challenge in federal court, but city and state officials in New York still are preparing for them to take effect. On Thursday, Attorney General Eric Schneiderman and New York Mayor Bill de Blasio launched a task force to ...Read More

PHOTO: Better treatment of Idaho farmworkers and recognition of their importance in the food system are part of the National Farmworker Awareness campaign. Photo credit: Brian Prechtel, USDA Agricultural Research Service.

CALDWELL, Idaho - Farm-to-school programs and buying local food are popular trends in Idaho, and the route those foods take to get to the plate are being highlighted for National Farmworker Awareness - a spring campaign that coincides with crop planting. Migrant and seasonal workers are key for pla ...Read More

PHOTO: It's National Youth Violence Prevention Week. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, youth violence is the second-leading cause of death for youth ages 10 to 24 in Illinois and nationally. Photo credit: Chang Liu/Flickr.

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – It's National Youth Violence Prevention Week, and health and education leaders in Illinois say families, schools and communities each play a role in preventing violence before it occurs. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), youth violence is ...Read More

PHOTO: Governor Andrew Cuomo is getting a bad grade on education in his second term. A new Quinnipiac University Poll shows 63 percent of New York voters disapprove of the way Cuomo is handling state schools, with 28 percent approving. Photo credit: MTA/CC

NEW YORK - Governor Andrew Cuomo is getting a bad grade on education in his second term. A new Quinnipiac University Poll shows 63 percent of New York voters disapprove of the way Cuomo is handling state schools, with 28 percent approving. The pollsters attribute the discontent to the governor's new ...Read More

PHOTO: The 2015 Progress Report issued by Children First for Oregon shows very little progress for the state's children, with too many still in poverty and lacking access to early education. Photo credit: amyelizabethquinn/pixabay.com

PORTLAND, Ore. - The Progress Report for Oregon Children released today notes a lack of progress on issues connected to a child's success in life. Children First for Oregon issued the report, which found that a child in Oregon has a one-in-five chance of being poor, even if at least one parent work ...Read More

PHOTO: Business leaders join others in Nashville this week to remind lawmakers the availability of early childhood education is critical to the growth of the state's economy. Photo credit: Tennessee Commission on Children and Youth.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - The importance of early childhood education is a top priority for child advocates this week as they work to encourage lawmakers to expand the availability of pre-kindergarten programs to Tennessee families during Children's Advocacy Days in Nashville. While data supports the role ...Read More

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