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    PNS Daily News - August 31, 20150 


    Among the stories we are following; President Obama renames the nation’s tallest peak; officials close in on a guns in parks policy; the death penalty on trial in California; and how dropping your devices could get you a better night’s sleep.

Early Childhood Education

Doctors say developmental screening should be part of every well-child visit. Credit: DocsforTots.org

NEW YORK - Many children are about to start school for the first time, but doctors say the key to successful learning may be found long before children enter a classroom. In the first years of life, according to pediatricians, children's brains develop at a remarkable rate, and developmental proble ...Read More

PHOTO:  With the start of school in Illinois, educational experts are working to bring chronic absenteeism into focus to ensure all students develop good attendance habits. Photo credit: David Schott/Flickr.

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. - Illinois kids can start the school year off right by attending the first day of class, but research finds it's crucial that students have good attendance throughout the year. Madelyn James, director of the Birth-to-Eight Project with Voices for Illinois Children, says there is a ...Read More

Students with disabilities and those learning English are falling further behind their peers in Common Core standardized tests scores. Photo credit: GaborfromHungary / morguefile.com

NEW YORK – More New York state third through eighth graders passed the Common Core standardized tests in both English and math this year, but not everyone is improving at the same rate. Over the last two years, a much smaller percentage of children with disabilities and those learning Englis ...Read More

PHOTO: The 25th Indiana Youth Survey found an alarming rate of Hoosier students in grades seven to 12 are using e-cigarettes. Photo credit: Joseph Morris/Flickr.

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. - An annual survey highlighting the risky behaviors of Indiana kids finds electronic cigarettes are becoming a popular item. The 25th Indiana Youth Survey of sixth through 12th graders examines substance use, mental health, gambling and other factors that can have negative conseq ...Read More

PHOTO: Research from UNC finds that African-American children have more success in early literacy classes when they're encouraged to share oral narratives in the classroom. Photo credit: Joni Miltenburg/Morguefile.

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. – According to new research from the University of North Carolina's Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute, teachers should do more listening and less talking, particularly when it comes to encouraging literacy in African-American students. The study looked at more ...Read More

There are calls for more education for those taking care of Minnesota's youngest children. Credit: skynesher.

ST. PAUL, Minn. - As children across Minnesota prepare to head back to school, also heading back to class this fall will be some of those who play a critical role in educating the state's youngest kids. With the importance of quality early childhood education for future success, said Valerie Peters ...Read More

PHOTO: Advocates say the first major overhaul of Head Start performance standards in 40 years could double class time for children, but weaken parental involvement. Photo courtesy of U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services.

NEW YORK – The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has proposed the first-ever comprehensive overhaul of performance standards for the Head Start program. Advocates say much has changed since current Head Start standards were adopted in 1975, and while proposed revisions have g ...Read More

PHOTO: Starting this fall, Illinois sixth and 12th grade students are required to receive a vaccination to protect against meningitis, although there are some exceptions. Photo credit: El Alvi/Flickr.

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – As Illinois families prepare to send their children back to class, state officials say immunizations should be on the back-to-school checklist. For school entrance, students must show proof of vaccinations against several diseases, including diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis ...Read More

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