PNS Daily Newscast - March 23, 2018 

McMaster out and Bolton in. Also on the Friday rundown: Students across the nation prepare for the March For Our Lives; some good news on the labor front; and folks in Montana take clean power into their own hands.

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Public News Service - WA: Early Childhood Education

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SEATTLE — While people often think of school as a place to learn reading and math, schools also have another important function. Washington state school districts are recognizing the vital role of social-emotional learning - that is, supporting children's ability to build relationships, unde

The Legislature is considering a bill that would expand eligibility for the state's pre-K program. (Washington State House Republicans/Flickr)

OLYMPIA, Wash. – The marchers may be little, but their cause is not. Toddlers and their parents are gathering in Olympia Wednesday to rally for their education. Childhood learning advocates want greater access and more investment in the state's pre-K program, known as the Early Childhood E

Without a capital budget, many programs aren't able to start the renovations needed to add preschools to the state. (Joe Wolf/Flickr)

OLYMPIA, Wash. -- The seemingly endless stalemate over the capital budget is frustrating school districts and attempts to expand the state's preschool program. More than $1 billion in the budget is for school construction, including in many rural districts in need of renovations such as the Rearda

A new study finds children pick up on signals of nonverbal biases among adults. (Stephan Hochhaus/Flickr)

SEATTLE – It's sometimes unclear how much goes over kids' heads and how much they're absorbing. But according to research from the University of Washington, children as young as four could be picking up nonverbal social biases from adults. Allison Skinner, lead author of the research, said t

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

Two-thirds of fourth-graders are not reading at grade level in the United States, according to the Annie E. Casey Foundation. (Reading Partners)

SEATTLE - It's National Volunteer Week, a celebration of all those who give their time to support their communities, and Washingtonians get high marks for their service. One-third of the state's residents volunteered, giving 155 million hours of their time in 2014, according to the Corporation for

In the Jordanian refugee camp of Zaatari there are around 10 births per day, according to the UN. (UK Department for International Development)

SEATTLE - Syria will enter its fifth year of a civil war next month, and since the fighting started nearly 4 million refugees have fled across the country's borders. The displaced refugees end up in camps in bordering countries such as Jordan and Turkey, where medical supplies are hard to come by,

New research shows children who learn another language could be better at filtering out distracting information. (US Department of Agriculture)

SEATTLE - A new study of bilingual and monolingual toddlers could be reason for Washington parents to share this story in two languages. Research in the Journal of Experimental Child Psychology shows children learning two languages perform better at certain problem-solving tasks than their monolin

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