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PNS Daily Newscast - August 19, 2019. 


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Public News Service - FL: Children's

According to NAMI, 13% of children ages 8-15 experience a mental health condition. (Pixabay)

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Public schools in Florida will now be required to teach students at least five hours of mental health instruction beginning in sixth grade, under a mandate approved by Florida's Board of Education on Wednesday. Under the plan, students in grades 6 through 12 will take cou

Most low-income children rely on Medicaid and CHIP-funded programs, such as Florida KidCare, to meet their health needs, but fewer Florida children are enrolled. (Semevent/Pixabay)

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Nationwide, over 828,000 fewer children were enrolled in Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program combined at the end of 2018. A new report says about 70% of those losses took place in seven states, including Florida. Usually, a drop in enrollment for gov

Young Black and Hispanic children were missed twice as often in the 2010 Census count as white children, according to Florida KIDS COUNT. (ponce_photography/ Pixabay)

MIAMI – Exactly one year from Monday, the official count of every resident of the United States begins with the 2020 Census. But Florida has long had problems getting an accurate count of its children. Nearly 1 million children were missed in the last census, according to data from Florida

Children's advocates are calling for more investment in diversion programs, such as civil citations, that keep young people out of the juvenile justice system. (marcino/Pixabay)

TAMPA, Fla. – A major conference in Tampa is bringing experts together from across the country to address why kids involved in the juvenile justice system have high levels of behavioral health disorders. The 32nd Annual Research and Policy Conference on Child, Adolescent and Young Adult Beha

Florida's Department of Children and Families claims the state's 19 community-based care lead agencies are surpassing federal performance standards for child-placement stability. (bandita/Flickr)

MIAMI — The goal for the thousands of children in Florida's foster care program is to find forever homes. But a new tracking system developed at the University of Miami shows the dream for many children is short-lived. Many kids don't even unpack because of the uncertainty over how long they

Head Start and the expansion of state-funded programs since the 1990s have greatly increased access to preschool, according to Florida KIDS COUNT. (FeeLoona/Pixabay)

TAMPA, Fla. – A new study shows kids who attend Pre-Kindergarten programs do better in reading, writing and math as they get older than those who weren't enrolled. The Duke University study tracked the progress of students who'd been in North Carolina's pre-school program and showed gains in

Charter schools are public schools run by private organizations. About 1-in-10 Florida students attends a charter school. (Pixabay)

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — A government watchdog group is calling Florida's growing system of privately run public charter schools "corrupt and wasteful," and wants policymakers to impose more rules on how charters spend their money. A new report from Integrity Florida, a nonprofit group seeking to

Twenty-one percent of all meningitis cases occur in preteens, teens and young adults ages 11 to 24. (Pixabay)

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – As Florida kids get their back-to-school health checkups, a new statewide coalition is calling on parents and policymakers to support what it calls "science-based" immunization policies. Immunize Florida is a grassroots network of parents, health-care professionals and co

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