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PNS Daily Newscast - September 21, 2018 


We’re covering stories from around the nation including a victory for safety for nuclear site workers; President Trump chastises Republicans for not securing border wall funding; and a predicted spike in population fuels concerns about the need for care.

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Public News Service - ID: Early Childhood Education

Cindi Godfrey and Kristi Keeler of Kids Klub in Grangeville, Idaho, received their early education degrees while working, with support from an academic scholarship. (Kids Klub, Inc.)

GRANGEVILLE, Idaho - With the fall semester in session, a scholarship is helping Idaho child-care workers get back to school, too. About 30 early-care and education workers across the state have received IdahoSTARS academic scholarships, designed to address three pressing issues: low wages, high tu

State officials estimate Idaho's prison population will reach 10,000 by 2022. (jodylehigh/Pixabay)

BOISE, Idaho – A $500-million-dollar prison expansion proposal is likely heading to the Idaho Legislature next year. What else could the state do to curb its skyrocketing prison population? One state lawmaker says the Gem State needs to address this issue before Idahoans end up behind bars

An event at the Idaho Botanical Gardens will cap the Week of the Young Child on Saturday, April 21. (Idaho AEYC)

BOISE, Idaho – This week, Idahoans and people across the country are celebrating the Week of the Young Child. Hosted by the National Association for the Education of Young Children, the week highlights the importance of early education opportunities. Hailey Michalk coordinates Idaho AEYC's R

An Idaho child care consultant says you might be sending a future leader to day care, so it's important to pick the facility carefully. (Eduardo Merille/Flickr)

POCATELLO, Idaho – How do parents know if a child care facility is right for them? The answer differs among families, but there are some points to consider. The National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) says relationships should be the emphasis among children, caregi

Preschool is a time for children to develop social and emotional skills, an early childhood advocate says. (Tabitha Blue/Flickr)

BOISE, Idaho -- Preschool is a priority for an overwhelming majority of Idahoans, according to new poll. On Wednesday, the Idaho Association for the Education of Young Children and other early-education advocates presented survey results from Gem State voters and parents in Boise. Erik Iverson hea

Preschool programs exist around Idaho, but it still is one of only six states that doesn't fund preschool. (Paul Schultz/Flickr)

IDAHO CITY, Idaho – Boise State University's preschool pilot program in Boise has underscored the importance of early education, but the city isn't the only one in Idaho offering affordable access to preschool. In fact, some other cities have been doing it for much longer. For 18 years, ev

In Idaho, the average cost of child care for a four-year-old is between $5,800 and $8,000 a year. (Kyle Peyton/Flickr)

BOISE, Idaho - It remains to be seen whether congressional leaders will follow President Trump's lead in budget negotiations, but one cut proposed for next year's budget has advocates for Idaho's children concerned. Around $95 million could be slashed from the Child Care and Development Block Grant

Idaho ranks 20th overall for child well-being in a new national report, but last in the country for its high number of young children not enrolled in preschool. (Gene Sweeney Jr./Getty Images)

BOISE, Idaho – Results from an annual report released today on child well-being show a mixed bag for Idaho kids. The Annie E. Casey Foundation's 2017 KIDS COUNT Data Book assesses states on key indicators of how children and families are faring. This year, it ranks Idaho 20th overall. The st

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