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PNS Daily Newscast - June 26, 2019 


Mueller to testify in open session; migrant children returned to troubled detention center; plus ending the school-to-prison pipeline, and seeking justice for Native Americans killed at Wounded Knee.

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Public News Service - AZ: Early Childhood Education

Read On Arizona is sponsoring a multi-site, three-year collaboration called the Acceleration Zone Project to speed up the rate of literacy among young students entering school.  (MohdHafiaz/AdobeStock)

PHOENIX – Read On Arizona, the state's program to provide students with basic literacy skills by the third grade, is looking to accelerate the process. In 2018, the program created the Acceleration Zone Project in various cities and school districts to focus on effective, equitable and accel

Arizona preschool advocates say a significant number of programs around the state have improved quality rankings over the past five years. (OksanaKosmina/Adobe)

PHOENIX — A national report out this week gives Arizona preschool programs poor marks, based mainly on low enrollment numbers. But an Arizona-based advocacy group, First Things First, says the national report from Rutgers University doesn't look at all the factors that show where Arizona presc

A new program aims to get low-income Arizona families more involved in their children's education. (Twenty20)

PHOENIX, Ariz. – A new grant program aims to close the "achievement gap" for low-income Arizona students by getting their families involved in their education. The goal is to break the generational cycle of poverty by improving a child's academic outcomes. The five-year program will establis

Read On Arizona has a 10-year goal of having all Arizona third-graders reading at a proficient level for their age. (KayP/Twenty20)

TEMPE, Ariz. – Education experts say when preschoolers can't read at an age-appropriate level, it can hamper their long-term success in the classroom. The program "Read On Arizona" aims to make sure every child in Arizona schools reads at the proper level by the time they finish third grade.

New research shows young children who spend time interacting with a parent or grandparent develop better life skills that those who just watch TV or digital devices. (ChrystalMarieSing/Twenty20)

PHOENIX — Child-development experts say allowing your toddler or preschooler too much time in front of the TV or digital devices can delay their development of critical life skills. Recent research published in the Pediatrics Journal of the American Medical Association recommended children 2

Arizona policymakers are taking advantage of data to better serve the state's children. (1laura/Twenty20)

PHOENIX – To improve education and literacy in Arizona, it's important to first understand challenges different communities face. So policymakers in the state have been turning to a growing online database and map tool for guidance. MapLIT has been around since 2015 and is set to expand to

Pediatric optometrists say an eye exam and a pair of glasses can make a dramatic difference in a child's academic performance. (Sir Leto/Flickr)

PHOENIX – Many Arizona kids are heading back to school this month, and doctors say when they return to the classroom it's important to make sure they can see well. About 80 percent of what a child learns at school happens visually. When children have undetected vision problems, said Dr. Amy D

An extra 40 minutes a day spent outdoors can made a difference in reducing a child’s risk of becoming nearsighted. (US Fis & Wildlife Service/Flickr)

PHOENIX – Telling little ones to "go play outside" isn't just good for a parent's sanity – time spent in the daylight is also beneficial for children's sight. About 5 percent of school age children in the U.S. have myopia, or nearsightedness, a condition the World Health Organization s

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