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PNS Daily Newscast - June 23, 2017 


Today on the rundown: the Senate GOP releases a draft of their health-care bill; Tropical Storm Cindy is bringing heavy rainfall to the South; and could Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ “tough on drugs” approach fuel mass incarceration?

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Public News Service - MN: Early Childhood Education

Lawmakers in Minnesota are debating funding for early-childhood education programs. (Sierra Neely)

ROSEVILLE, Minn. -- A new in-depth look at children’s access to programs - part of Minnesota's new Early-Childhood Longitudinal Data System - finds that children of color, Native Americans and lower-income children are more likely than their wealthier, white peers to be enrolled in at least on

Studies say early-childhood education has a long-lasting effect on children. (USDA)

MINNEAPOLIS – Six thousand families in Minnesota are on the waiting list to get child-care assistance, and 84 percent of the kids in the state that qualify for the program are not enrolled. The 2016 Minnesota Kids Count Data Book has been released, and it calls for more funding and a two-gener

More than 69 million children are cared for outside the home every weekday in the United States. (Mike Baca)

MINNEAPOLIS – Each weekday in the United States, 69 million children are cared for outside of the home, including 11 million children younger than five years old. Not only is affordable quality care a necessity for all of these families, but emergency plans for child-care providers are critica

Minnesota has the highest number of children living in areas where there aren't enough child care centers, a new study shows. (Mike Baca)

MINNEAPOLIS – A new study shows Minnesota has the highest rate of so-called child care deserts in the country. The Center for American Progress looked at statistics from eight states to compare the number of children under age five to the number of child care facilities. Report author Rash

Using a new report, Minnesota transit experts are exploring ways to help close transit challenges for low-income families through new rule changes. (iStockphoto)

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- New research shows families who rely on trains and buses in the Twin Cities face challenges traveling with young children and accessing child care facilities, but some family-friendly changes could be coming to one of Minnesota's largest public transit networks. The "Transit-Ac

Starting today, Minnesota is providing more money for free training for child care professionals, which supporters say could help close educational achievement gaps for children of color. (iStockphoto)

ST. PAUL, Minn. – Starting today, Minnesota will be kicking in more money to help under served areas of the state get access to better child care. Back in June, Gov. Mark Dayton earmarked $2 million in one-time funding that will partly go towards free training for certain child care professi

Minnesota's new voluntary free pre-K is being called a step in the right direction, but perhaps not enough to help rural and lower-income working families. (iStockphoto)

ST. PAUL, Minn. - Gov. Mark Dayton's move this week to provide free pre-kindergarten for thousands of four-year-olds is being called a good step by child-care proponents, who also say the state needs to do a lot more. Minnesota lawmakers okayed about $25 million to fund free pre-K, for about 3,300

Minnesota child care experts are hoping a new early education scholarship program could help with the high turnover rate for staff in the industry. (iStockphoto)

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Accessing high-quality child care in Minnesota is difficult for many working families, and it's an industry that struggles with frequent staffing shortages. But a new scholarship program aims to help. New college scholarship and education programs have been announced for early c

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