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PNS Daily News - September 18, 2019 


President Trump visits California, targeting its homelessness crisis and environmental protections; and Tennessee is a top destination for out-of-state women seeking abortions.

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Interfaith Alliance's Connie Ryan and Family Leader's Bob Vander Plaats on their differing views of religion's role in politics; and former Rep. Mark Sanford confers with cardboard cutout of President Trump.

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Public News Service - ID: Early Childhood Education

Idaho is one of four states that doesn't provide funding for pre-school education. (1001color/Adobe Stock)

BOISE, Idaho – The Idaho Association for the Education of Young Children is providing grants and support for the development of community preschools across the state. The organization's Preschool the Idaho Way project was launched last year with a toolkit for developing preschool collaborati

The Week of the Young Child has been celebrated since 1971. (Idaho AEYC)

BOISE, Idaho — Cities across Idaho are recognizing the Week of the Young Child, which highlights the importance of early learning. Along with a statewide proclamation from Gov. Little, more than a dozen Gem State cities have issued or plan to issue proclamations on the Week of the Young Chil

The University of Idaho developed BLOCK Fest in 2005 to harness the power of play in helping children learn. (Idaho Association for the Education of Young Children)

BOISE, Idaho - For young children, the building blocks of education could be just that - blocks. Groups are in Boise today meeting with lawmakers for Early Learning Day and also to tout the role that play has in teaching the youngest Idahoans. Brandi Nyhof, outreach coordinator for the Idaho Assoc

Idaho is one of only six states that doesn't invest state funds in preschool programs. (kayp/Twenty20)

BOISE, Idaho – Even for a sharply divided Congress, there's one issue that could prove to be a catalyst for collaboration across the aisle – early childhood education. The sixth annual national poll commissioned by the First Five Years Fund finds strong support from voters in both partie

At-home activities for young children can help prepare them for kindergarten. (READY! for Kindergarten)

BOISE, Idaho — A free workshop in Idaho is helping parents prepare their children for school. And it's filling a much-needed gap in the Gem State. Idaho is one of five states that doesn't invest in preschool, and only 30 percent of kids in the state are enrolled in a preschool program. When

Early-learning collaboratives are becoming affordable alternatives for giving kids the option of attending preschool in Idaho. (heatherdeffense/Twenty20)

KENDRICK, Idaho – A coalition is launching an effort to bring preschool to more Idaho kids, and kindergarten teachers say it could level the playing field for their students. The Gem State is one of only five states that doesn't invest in preschool, and Angie Tweit, who teaches kindergarten i

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

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