PNS Daily Newscast - December 15, 2017 

What's next following the FCC vote to end net neutrality? We have a pair of reports. Also on our Friday rundown: We'll let you know why adolescents in foster care need opportunities to thrive; and steps you can take to avoid losing your holiday loot.

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Public News Service - MD: Early Childhood Education

How much is too much when it comes to exposure to WiFi and digital devices? (

ANNAPOLIS, Md. – There's a push in Maryland to set up safety guidelines relating to WiFi in schools and for daily use of computers, tablets and other technology. Here’s the question: Do the devices pose a health risk? Lawmakers are set to consider bills (HB 866, SB 1089) that would r

 Medicaid turns 50 this week, and a new report from the Georgetown University Center for Children and Families shows when children are covered by Medicaid, it brings them benefits for life. Credit: Republica/Pixabay.

ANNAPOLIS, Md. – Medicaid turns 50 this week, and according to data compiled in a new report, children covered by Medicaid often enjoy lasting health and well-being benefits. Roughly half of Maryland residents receiving Medicaid are children, and the report found kids covered by Medicaid were

PHOTO: The Home Visiting Coalition wants to see federal funding for programs that help struggling parents continue. Unless Congress acts, funding will expire in March. Photo credit: Microsoft Images

BALTIMORE - The clock is ticking on federal funding that helps struggling parents with young children. The Maternal, Infant and Early Childhood Home Visiting Program expires in March unless Congress takes action. A coalition of 750 organizations and elected leaders has sent a letter asking that the

PHOTO: A more holistic approach is needed to reduce child poverty in Maryland, according to a new Annie E. Casey Foundation report that recommends focusing on the whole family. Photo credit: Towbar/Pixabay

BALTIMORE - Children who grow up in low-income families tend to become low-income adults, so breaking the poverty cycle needs a more holistic approach. A report from the Annie E. Casey Foundation released today makes that case and recommends focusing on high-quality and affordable early childhood

PHOTO: Experience Corps volunteers in Baltimore work with students one-on-one and in small groups, targeting kids who are struggling with literacy. Photo credit: Experience Corps Baltimore.

BALTIMORE - Nearly 8,000 kindergarten-through-third-grade students in Baltimore City Schools have special literacy coaches - and the connection is boosting test scores. The program, which places volunteers in classrooms, has been so successful that it is being expanded to pre-kindergarten classroom

PHOTO: The East Baltimore Revitalization Project will soon mark a milestone as it opens a new school.

BALTIMORE – What was once a blighted community in Maryland is transforming, and making progress in its goal to bring a better quality of life to vulnerable children and families. The East Baltimore Revitalization Project began more than 10 years ago, when the area was largely vacant. Sophie

PHOTO: A federal initiative called the Community Eligibility Option would ensure students that live in communities with high poverty could get their meals at school for free - with no application and no worry.  Photo credit: USDA.GOV

BALTIMORE - All public-school pupils in Maryland and certain other states, who live in communities with high poverty, could get their meals at school for free under a new federal initiative, with no application and no worry. It's called the Community Eligibility Option, and its goals are to reduce h

PHOTO: A national survey finds three of four teachers and principals say they regularly see kids hungry at school. Photo credit: Share Our Strength

BALTIMORE - As Maryland students return to school this week, many teachers predict they'll see a major barrier to student progress - hunger - again this year. Three of four teachers and principals regularly see hungry students in their schools, according to a new nationwide survey from Share our St

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