PNS Daily Newscast - April 6, 2020 

More than 3 million Americans have lost employer-based health insurance over the past two weeks; and policy analysts look to keep us healthy and financially stable.

2020Talks - April 6, 2020 

Wisconsin is planning to go ahead with primaries as usual, despite requests for a delay from the Governor, and lawsuits from voting rights advocates. There's also a judicial election, where a liberal judge is challenging the conservative incumbent.

Public News Service - TN: Early Childhood Education

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

PHOTO: A strong bond with parents can be critical to a child's later success, but a new review finds that that connection is never made with some 40% of babies and toddlers. Photo credit: Scott & Elaine van der Chijs

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The bonds that children develop with their parents early on can be fundamental to their success in life, but the latest research finds many babies and toddlers are missing out, and that means problems. A new analysis concludes that 40 percent of children are not getting th

PHOTO: A new KIDS COUNT data snapshot from the Annie E. Casey Foundation finds that 66 percent of fourth-graders are not reading at grade level, but that number grows to 80 percent among students from lower-income families. Photo credit: John Morgan.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Educators consider reading the cornerstone of a good education and future success, but in Tennessee and across the country, more young children than not struggle to read. A new report finds that despite progress made over the last decade, only about one-in-three students i

PHOTO: For many people the words 'discipline' and 'punishment' are interchangeable, and while both may lead to behavior change, one expert says there's a major difference in how each connects a parent and child. Photo credit: John Ragai

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – It isn't among the list of the usual New Year's resolutions, like quitting smoking or losing weight. But one expert says a goal for 2014 of parenting through discipline instead of punishment can have life-long positive impacts. Ingrid Bauer is a mother of four and an expe

PHOTO: In order for children in Tennessee and across the country to succeed, it's critical that they have support in areas such as education and health in their first eight years. Courtesy U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – A new report says the first eight years of a child's life are the most critical in determining if he or she will go on to success or perhaps struggle throughout life, and that's why investments are needed. According to Linda O'Neal, executive director of the Tennessee Commi

PHOTO: At times it can seem little more than controlled chaos, but when it comes to roughhousing, be it peer to peer, or parent and child, there are numerous benefits. CREDIT: Sharon Mollerus

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - It is an order that has passed through the lips of many a parent: "Quit that horsin' around!" However, a better option may be to loosen the reins a bit, according to one expert. Larry Cohen is a licensed psychologist who encourages roughhousing. He said physical engagement betwe

PHOTO: It's a common struggle in families, getting kids to clean their rooms. Some parents turn to bribes and others to discipline, but experts say both of those options do more harm than good and instead parents should offer help and guidance. CREDIT: Evelyn Giggles

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - If getting your children to clean their rooms is a constant battle, take solace in knowing you are not alone. Parent educator Kelly Bartlett said it's a common struggle in families, and while parents should have expectations, they also need to realize kids' skills and priorities a

PHOTO: CREDIT: Hamish Darby

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - With a vast array of known benefits from the age-old practice, the number of mothers who first turn to breastfeeding in this country is on the rise. The increase in breastfeeding isn't an anomaly, but a return to the norm, according to International Board-Certified Lactation Consu

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