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PNS Weekend Newscast - September 23rd, 2017 


Here's a look at what we're covering: Senator John McCain says no to the GOP's health care plan, a new survey takes a look at how residents in one state feel about the effort to real Obamacare, and International Day of Peace is being celebrated this weekend.

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Public News Service - MN: Early Childhood Education

More than half of Americans don't have adequate access to quality, affordable child care in their neighborhoods, according to a new study. (Tom Reynolds/Flickr)

ST. PAUL, Minn. – There's good news and bad in newly released data about the supply of good quality child care. The bad news is 26 percent of Minnesotans live in so-called child care deserts, without sufficient care for the families who need it. The good news is that Minnesota ranks better

There are about 18,000 day-care centers and 9,000 in-home child-care providers in Minnesota. (Grant Barrett/Creative Commons)<br />

ST. PAUL, Minn. - Tens of thousands of Minnesota children and their families stand to benefit from new federal requirements for child-care providers. There is new training in 11 specific areas for providers in the Child Care Assistance Program, from dispensing medicine to emergency preparedness. Co

Lawmakers in Minnesota are debating funding for early-childhood education programs. (Sierra Neely)

ROSEVILLE, Minn. -- A new in-depth look at children’s access to programs - part of Minnesota's new Early-Childhood Longitudinal Data System - finds that children of color, Native Americans and lower-income children are more likely than their wealthier, white peers to be enrolled in at least on

Studies say early-childhood education has a long-lasting effect on children. (USDA)

MINNEAPOLIS – Six thousand families in Minnesota are on the waiting list to get child-care assistance, and 84 percent of the kids in the state that qualify for the program are not enrolled. The 2016 Minnesota Kids Count Data Book has been released, and it calls for more funding and a two-gener

More than 69 million children are cared for outside the home every weekday in the United States. (Mike Baca)

MINNEAPOLIS – Each weekday in the United States, 69 million children are cared for outside of the home, including 11 million children younger than five years old. Not only is affordable quality care a necessity for all of these families, but emergency plans for child-care providers are critica

Minnesota has the highest number of children living in areas where there aren't enough child care centers, a new study shows. (Mike Baca)

MINNEAPOLIS – A new study shows Minnesota has the highest rate of so-called child care deserts in the country. The Center for American Progress looked at statistics from eight states to compare the number of children under age five to the number of child care facilities. Report author Rash

Using a new report, Minnesota transit experts are exploring ways to help close transit challenges for low-income families through new rule changes. (iStockphoto)

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- New research shows families who rely on trains and buses in the Twin Cities face challenges traveling with young children and accessing child care facilities, but some family-friendly changes could be coming to one of Minnesota's largest public transit networks. The "Transit-Ac

Starting today, Minnesota is providing more money for free training for child care professionals, which supporters say could help close educational achievement gaps for children of color. (iStockphoto)

ST. PAUL, Minn. – Starting today, Minnesota will be kicking in more money to help under served areas of the state get access to better child care. Back in June, Gov. Mark Dayton earmarked $2 million in one-time funding that will partly go towards free training for certain child care professi

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