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    PNS Weekend Update - December 20, 20140 


    Among the stories on our weekend rundown; Cuba and a cyber attack top of mind for President Obama; an update from a state that just got a big boost in the fight against hunger; and no matter the weather your Christmas can still be green.

Early Childhood Education

PHOTO: Shyne Brown of Doddridge County says both of his daughters have used services provided by the state Family Resource Network. He says West Virginia should provide a steady funding stream for the programs. Photo by Dan Heyman.

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - The agenda for the Our Children Our Future initiative in the upcoming West Virginia legislative session is heavy on prevention, in part because experts say prevention works in ensuring stable, long-term heath for children. Part of the West Virginia Healthy Kids and Families Coal ...Read More

PHOTO: Getting more 3- and 4-year-olds into preschool in Oregon, and more kids into full-day kindergarten, are among the education priorities in Gov. John Kitzhaber's budget proposal for the next biennium. Photo credit: kali9/iStockphoto.com.

SALEM, Ore. - The state budget proposal from Gov. John Kitzhaber this week sets the tone for what looks to be months of tough decisions ahead in Salem. In pre-session meetings the last couple of days, legislators heard some of the reasoning behind the budget line items, as well as public reactions. ...Read More

PHOTO: The group Zero to Three and other organizations held what they called a "Rally4Babies" on Wednesday, in support of investment in child care and education. Photo courtesy Zero to Three.

GARDEN CITY, N.Y. - Wednesday was a big day for babies and toddlers, as the White House held a summit meeting on early education and groups such as the New York-based Parent-Child Home Program advocated for continued federal funding of the Maternal, Infant and Early Childhood Home Visiting Program, ...Read More

PHOTO: Outreach and efforts to increase access already are meaning more Virginia kids getting enough to eat, in school and out, according to First Lady Dorothy McAuliffe and the No Kid Hungry campaign. Photo courtesy of Drew Central Schools.

RICHMOND, Va. - A new coalition including Virginia's First Lady already is seeing results in an effort to reduce childhood hunger. Organizers with the group Share Our Strength say their No Kid Hungry campaign is getting unprecedented attention from First Lady Dorothy McAuliffe. Josh Wachs, chief s ...Read More

PHOTO: The Home Visiting Coalition wants to see federal funding for programs that help struggling parents continue. Unless Congress acts, funding will expire in March. Photo credit: Microsoft Images

BALTIMORE - The clock is ticking on federal funding that helps struggling parents with young children. The Maternal, Infant and Early Childhood Home Visiting Program expires in March unless Congress takes action. A coalition of 750 organizations and elected leaders has sent a letter asking that the ...Read More

PHOTO: A new book from a Wisconsin author says bullying has become epidemic, and while educators and young people search for dealing with the issue in an effective way, no one needs to live by someone else's definition of who they are. Photo credit: For A Better School Climate.

MADISON, Wis. - A new novel called "Double Exposure" about an intersex teen athlete, explores bullying, and Wisconsin author Bridget Birdsall says the story is based on real experiences. The main character was born with ambiguous genitalia and raised as a boy. At age 15, to escape bullying, the y ...Read More

PHOTO: A new report on Tennessee's young children points to early intervention and increased high quality pre-K opportunities to make sure they arrive at school with the cognitive, social and emotional skills they need to learn. Photo credit: Pawel Loj/Flickr.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - The state of the child in Tennessee could be stronger, and a new KIDS COUNT report says that will require a greater focus on those most important early years. Research shows the vast majority of a child's brain development comes by age five. Linda O'Neal, executive director with ...Read More

PHOTO: The Child Care and Development Block Grant Act of 2014 was signed into law Wednesday by President Barack Obama, marking the first congressional reauthorization in more than 18 years. New York advocates say they now need to push for funding to implement parts of the law. Photo credit: Ethan Hein/Flckr  https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/legalcode

COMMACK, N.Y. – After 18 years of no congressional action, the Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG) finally has been signed into law. The measure revises the block grant to include basic provisions to improve the quality of child care around the country. President Barack Obama si ...Read More

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