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PNS Daily News - September 25, 2017 


Here’s a look at what we’re highlighting: new travel restrictions announced for eight countries; research highlights a drop in uninsured kids; and weekend protests over the House Speaker’s tax plan.

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Public News Service - IN: Early Childhood Education

The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends limiting media use for children of all ages. (cdc.org)

INDIANAPOLIS -- The American Academy of Pediatrics released new guidelines for how much time kids should spend in front of a screen - whether it's the television, the computer, a tablet or a smartphone. The AAP said families should come up with individualized plans based on a child's age, and they

Indiana is just one of a few states without comprehensive Pre-K programs. (Ona Mora)

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. - The battle for quality Pre-K education in Indiana continues as the November election draws near. Governor Mike Pence had pushed for a pilot program called On My Way Pre-K, but then rejected millions of dollars in federal funding. Pence is in a tough battle for re-election, and h

Advocates are pushing for a child-care tax credit based on family income that would let parents choose their own child-care facility. (Sierra Black)

INDIANAPOLIS - Wading through the paperwork involved in getting government help to pay for child care can be overwhelming to already overworked parents. A new report by the Center for American Progress looks at how difficult it can be for low-income families to navigate an underfunded child-care sup

The Indiana State Dept. of Health has launched a new MOMS Helpline to steer new mothers to the resources they need to keep their babies healthy. (Sierra Black)

INDIANAPOLIS - There's a renewed effort in Indiana to prevent babies from dying before their first birthday. The state has one of the highest infant-mortality rates in the country, and has been near the top of that list for years. Now the Indiana State Department of Health's Maternal and Child Hea

More than one-third of Indiana's counties are now participating in the Juvenile Detention Alternative Initiative, which gives judges more choice in sentencing young people. (Cynthia Carter)

INDIANAPOLIS - Indiana Supreme Court Justice Steven David calls the Juvenile Detention Alternative Initiative the "greatest reform" he's ever seen and now, one-third of Indiana's counties are participating. The Annie E. Casey Foundation model is based on the assumption that sometimes, a young per

Placement with a relative can minimize trauma for foster children. Credit: kamuelaboy/Morguefile

INDIANAPOLIS - While there is always a need for foster parents in Indiana, state officials say the need is especially great this year. According to the Indiana Department of Child Services there are over 18,000 children in the state's care, about four thousand more than at this time last year. Spo

Some homeless teens

INDIANAPOLIS - Making varsity or finding a date for homecoming are the least of the problems faced by the more than 16,000 kids in Indiana without a place to call home. Data from the Indiana Department of Education shows homelessness among students in Indiana was 80 percent higher last school yea

The 25th Indiana Youth Survey found an alarming rate of Hoosier students in grades seven to 12 are using e-cigarettes. 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

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