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Hundreds of companies urge Trump to resolve tariff dispute with China. Also on our Friday rundown: California moves closer to universal health coverage. Plus, new Gulf restoration projects – a decade after the Deepwater Horizon spill.

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Public News Service - WA: Early Childhood Education

More than half of Washington state child care centers had unfilled positions in 2018, according to research. (darby/Twenty20)

OLYMPIA, Wash. — Washington state lawmakers are laying out plans to make child care more affordable and accessible. The Child Care Access Now Act sets out a few goals for the state, aiming to establish universal access to child care for all families by 2025 and cap expenses at 7 percent of a

An increased capital-gains tax plays a crucial part in Gov. Jay Inslee's proposed budget for the new legislative session. (Jon Stahl/Flickr)

OLYMPIA, Wash. — Washington state's long legislative session is around the corner, and budget concerns will be at the forefront. Misha Werschkul, executive director of the Washington State Budget and Policy Center, said she expects movement on fiscal policies she sees as key to working-class

Washington STEM and its partners want to triple the number of under-represented students in STEM fields by 2030. (Washington STEM)

SEATTLE – How will Washington state diversify its workforce as technology radically changes the jobs landscape? One answer is investment in science, technology, engineering and math, or STEM, education for underserved students. By 2030, two-thirds of family-sustaining job openings in the E

Nearly nine in 10 early-education facilities in Washington state said low wages make it difficult to hire qualified staff. (Seattle City Council/Flickr)

SEATTLE - Low pay for early-childhood educators and caregivers is creating a dire situation for many Washington state care centers and families, according to a new report. The Economic Opportunity Institute surveyed more than 500 center directors and found poor compensation leads to high turnover r

The organization Neighborhoods Matter in Spokane, WA uses

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

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