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PNS Daily Newscast - October 18, 2017 


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Public News Service - OR: Early Childhood Education

Parents and advocates for English-language learners gathered for a recent summit on Oregon's ELL programs. (Asian Pacific American Network of Oregon)

PORTLAND, Ore. -- With the start of a new school year, there's renewed interest in a bill passed unanimously by the Oregon Legislature in 2015, aimed at improving programs for Oregon's 57,000 students learning English. Many school districts have struggled to provide proper instruction for English-

Children pick up new languages more quickly than adults because of the flexibility of the adolescent brain. (U.S. Dept. of Education)

PORTLAND, Ore. - A new study of bilingual and monolingual toddlers could be reason for Oregon parents to share this story in two languages. Research in the Journal of Experimental Child Psychology shows children learning two languages perform better at certain problem-solving tasks than their mon

PHOTO: The 2015 Progress Report issued by Children First for Oregon shows very little progress for the state's children, with too many still in poverty and lacking access to early education. Photo credit: amyelizabethquinn/pixabay.com

PORTLAND, Ore. - The Progress Report for Oregon Children released today notes a lack of progress on issues connected to a child's success in life. Children First for Oregon issued the report, which found that a child in Oregon has a one-in-five chance of being poor, even if at least one parent work

PHOTO: Getting more 3- and 4-year-olds into preschool in Oregon, and more kids into full-day kindergarten, are among the education priorities in Gov. John Kitzhaber's budget proposal for the next biennium. Photo credit: kali9/iStockphoto.com.

SALEM, Ore. - The state budget proposal from Gov. John Kitzhaber this week sets the tone for what looks to be months of tough decisions ahead in Salem. In pre-session meetings the last couple of days, legislators heard some of the reasoning behind the budget line items, as well as public reactions.

PHOTO: Kids from lower-income families are more likely to escape the cycle of poverty when programs are also coordinated to serve their parents, according to a new report from the Annie E. Casey Foundation. Photo courtesy of Bridge Meadows.

PORTLAND, Ore. - To help low-income children, help their parents at the same time to get onto more stable financial footing. That's the message in a new report from the Annie E. Casey Foundation. The report says programs and policies with the best intentions often focus on either kids or parents as

PHOTO: Not every child in Oregon has much to smile about, according to new data from Children First for Oregon. The group says although the state has become more ethnically diverse, children of color don't have the nearly same opportunities for success as their white peers. Photo credit: Grady Reese/iStockphoto.

PORTLAND, Ore. - Oregon's quality of life is different depending on the color of a child's skin. That's the conclusion of the 2014 County Data Book, which includes research about the opportunities for children growing up in the state. In every county, Children First for Oregon says children of colo

PHOTO: Peggy Armstrong, a longtime mentor in AARP's Experience Corps, works with a student at Hall Elementary in Gresham, one of 10 Portland area schools in the program. Photo courtesy Metropolitan Family Service.

PORTLAND, Ore. – Oregonians from two generations are learning by pairing older volunteers with children who need extra help with reading, writing and math. The AARP Experience Corps places tutors in high-need classrooms around the country, including seven districts in the Portland metro area

PHOTO: The Child Care Aware survey found the average cost for center-based infant care in Oregon is $13,452 a year; and for a four-year-old, $10,200 a year. Photo credit: iStockphoto.com.

PORTLAND, Ore. - A new national survey confirms what many parents in Oregon already know: The average cost at child-care centers is the least affordable in the nation, relative to family income. According to the group Child Care Aware, the average price of infant care in Oregon tops $13,000 a year.

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