Low-Income Children Underserved by Pre-K in Fairfax Co.

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Low-Income Children Underserved by Pre-K in Fairfax Co.

A new report finds hundreds of 4-year-olds in Fairfax County cannot get into pre-kindergarten programs.

The Mission: Readiness report looks at the access to pre-kindergarten programs in the D.C. area.

In Fairfax County, 56 percent of eligible, low-income children are not served by pre-kindergarten programs, and 890 children are on a waiting list, according to the report. The county regularly loses state money because it doesn't match state funding, said Mission: Readiness, a group of retired admirals and generals who believe high quality pre-kindergarten programs help children succeed in school, which ultimately leads to a stronger country.

“We were pleasantly surprised by the many counties that are getting all their eligible 4-year-olds into pre-school type of programs here,” said retired U.S. Air Force Lt. Gen. Norman Seip, of Mission: Readiness. “We’re disappointed that Fairfax County has almost 900 4-year-olds that can’t get into the program simply because the county does not match the funds that the state provides.”

While admitting that the numbers are accurate, Fairfax County officials noted that the county has steadily increased the number of children in the program from 768 in 2008 to more than 1,100 currently.

In Alexandria, 10 percent of eligible children aren’t served, with 50 on a waiting list, and in Arlington, all 537 state-funded slots for eligible children are filled.

In Montgomery and Prince George's counties in Maryland, all eligible, low-income children are served, according to the report.

D.C. has universal eligibility with most 3-year-olds and 4-year-olds enrolled, but some programs do have waiting lists.

CLICK HERE to see the report.

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Marcus Johansson injured on high hit from Kris Letang

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Marcus Johansson injured on high hit from Kris Letang

As if the first two games of the Capitals vs. penguins playoff series had not yielded a bevy of injuries, fines and suspensions, it didn't take long for Game 3 to pile on.

Late in the first period while attempting to cash-in on a broken play, Marcus Johansson was on the receiving end of a high — and dangerous — hit from Pittsburgh's Kris Letang.

The hit was not only late, but high as well. Lentag left the ice — intentional or not — and drilled Johansson in the head with his shoulder.

Johansson was ushered off the ice and into the locker room following tyhe hit. It was just the latest in an awful first period for the Capitals. Despite outshooting the Penguins and controling the puck for a majority of the time, the Capitals wound up down 2-0 after a pair of wacky, bouncing goals slipped passed Braden Holtby.

Letang was sent to the penalty box was not given a five-minute game major, but it is more than likely that the NHL will review the injury. Brooks Orpik was suspended three games for his hit on Olli Maatta in Game 2.

WATCH LETANG'S DANGEROUS HIT IN THE VIDEO PLAYER ABOVE.

 

Maryland basketball players to appear on 'Ellen Show' after viral hit

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Maryland basketball players to appear on 'Ellen Show' after viral hit

Maryland basketball players Jared Nickens and Jaylen Brantley set the Internet ablaze this offseason with their #RunningManChallenge, when they filmed themselves dancing to the '90s hit My Boo in increasingly unique and creative ways. 

It first swept across college basketball, then went mainstream and now people across social media are doing it.

Now, Nickens and Brantley are taking their act to TV. As announced by the program on Monday night, the two will appear on The Ellen Show Tuesday on NBC.

Capitals Pulse: Washington tries to take series lead in Game 3 vs. Pittsburgh

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Capitals Pulse: Washington tries to take series lead in Game 3 vs. Pittsburgh

After Game 3 between the Capitals and Penguins, flip back to CSN for Capitals Postgame Live and #CapitalsTalk. 

Follow along here as you watch.