PNS Daily Newscast - July 18, 2018 

Trump now says he misspoke as he stood side by side with Putin. Also on the Wednesday rundown: a Senate committee looks to weaken the Endangered Species Act; and public input is being sought on Great Lakes restoration.

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Public News Service - TN: Early Childhood Education

Experts recommend at least 15 minutes of reading a day for younger children during the summer. (Reading is Fundamental)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - The lazy days of summer are celebrated by Tennessee students and parents, but in between trips to the pool and the inevitable video-game session, educators say reading has to be made part of the routine. According to the organization Reading is Fundamental (RIF), students experie

For the last 13 years, the Governor's Books from Birth Foundation has provided age-appropriate books to children born in Tennessee, birth to age five. (Governor's Books from Birth Foundation)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – For more than 50 years, the Appalachian Regional Commission has helped to fund economic and community development in Tennessee and 11 other states. But the agency may be no more if President Donald Trump's proposed federal budget is passed as is. The ARC is one of 18 age

A report by the Jim Casey Youth Opportunities Initiative recommends states take steps to promote normalcy among children living in foster care. (JoeysPhotos/

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Eight-thousand children in Tennessee are spending the holiday break with their foster families, and recent efforts at the national and state level are making it easier for them to experience a normal childhood. The federal Strengthening Families Act, signed into law last year, r

amily advocates and research emphasizes the importance of parents spending time with their children this Thanksgiving week. Credit: jusbeb/

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – This Thanksgiving week, advocates for families advise parents to relish time with their children. A new report from the children’s advocacy group Search Institute, stresses the importance of extra family time when it comes to development. Researchers found family t

A study finds that Tennessee's Voluntary Pre-K program may be missing the mark when it comes to long-term impact on a child's success in school.  Credit: phaewilk/

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Pre-K isn't producing positive impacts on academic achievement in later grades, according to a recently released study from Vanderbilt University. Researchers found that students who participated in state-funded pre-K benefited significantly at first, but by third grade th

PHOTO: Business leaders join others in Nashville this week to remind lawmakers the availability of early childhood education is critical to the growth of the state's economy. Photo credit: Tennessee Commission on Children and Youth.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - The importance of early childhood education is a top priority for child advocates this week as they work to encourage lawmakers to expand the availability of pre-kindergarten programs to Tennessee families during Children's Advocacy Days in Nashville. While data supports the role

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

PHOTO: After more than 40 years in the classroom, new Tennessee Education Association President Barbara Gray begins her role today with some recent victories for the state's teachers, but more challenges are ahead. Photo credit: Liz / Flickr.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Today is the first official day on the job for the new head of the Tennessee Education Association (TEA), who lists among her goals an increase in teacher pay. The salary of a starting teacher in the Volunteer State is well below the national average, and TEA President Barb

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