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Public News Service - AZ: Early Childhood Education

The 2016 Kids Count Data Book for Arizona says the state has seen an 87 percent increase in the number of children entering the foster-care system. (wavebreakmedia/iStockphoto)

PHOENIX - It's getting tougher to be a kid in Arizona, according to a new report. The 2016 Kids Count Data Book for Arizona shows that more children are living in poverty, family incomes are dropping and the number of kids in foster care continues to rise. The data, published every two years by the

A new study ranks Arizona the third worst state in the nation to be a teacher. Credit: Shironosov/iStockPhoto.

PHOENIX – Arizona ranks third worst in the nation for teachers, according to a new study released Monday. The report from WalletHub crunched the numbers for all 50 states plus Washington D.C., and found that Arizona ranks 49th overall – sitting in the bottom three for salary and student

A 20 million dollar federal grant is aimed at improving preschool enrollment in Arizona. Credit: Homeward Bound.

PHOENIX – Arizona has among the nation's lowest rates of preschool enrollment, but the state is receiving a $20 million U.S. Department of Education grant to help change that. Supporters of early learning say the grant could be a game-changer, if funding remains in place over the long term. P

PHOTO: A program centered on helping Phoenix area elementary school students to read at grade level is showing strong results. Photo credit City of Tempe, Arizona.

PHOENIX - Hundreds of Phoenix area students in first through third grades are reading at or near grade level thanks to volunteers who work with the youngsters one on one. Tim Valencia, youth and education manager with the City of Phoenix Youth and Education Office, says the AARP Experience Corps p

PHOTO: Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey is leaning firsthand through letters from school students of the challenges they face, caused by classroom overcrowding and years of educational budget cuts. Photo courtesy Gov. Ducey's office.

PHOENIX - Arizona Governor Doug Ducey is hearing directly from school students about the challenges they face each day. Dana Wolfe Naimark, president with Children's Action Alliance, says students from across the state recently sent letters to the governor that tell a story of overcrowding and under

PHOTO: Organizations such as the Child Crisis Center are calling on Arizona's political candidates to increase funding for programs that support early-childhood education and other services that benefit young kids. Photo courtesy of of the Pima County Public Library.

MESA, Ariz. – Political candidates in Arizona are being asked to make early childhood education a top priority, and organizers hope that seeing programs that help children up close will help that process. Christine Scarpati, CEO of the Child Crisis Center in Mesa, says candidates for governo

PHOTO: Young women who use long-acting, reversible contraception (LARC) experience much lower rates of birth, pregnancy, and abortion, according to a new

PHOENIX - Young women in Arizona and elsewhere who use long-acting, reversible contraception, also known as "LARC," have rates of pregnancy, birth, and abortion much lower than the national rates for sexually-active teens. That's the finding of the "Contraceptive CHOICE Project," a study funded by

IMAGE: Children’s Action Alliance president Dana Naimark says Arizona has dropped to 47th in the nation in the KIDS COUNT assessment of children’s well-being. CREDIT: CAA<br />IMAGE: Children’s Action Alliance president Dana Naimark says Arizona has dropped to 47th in the nation in the KIDS COUNT assessment of children’s well-being. CREDIT: CAA<br /><br />IMAGE: Children’s Action Alliance president Dana Naimark says Arizona has dropped to 47th in the nation in the KIDS COUNT assessment of children’s well-be

PHOENIX - Arizona has slipped again in the latest Kids Count Data Book rankings of children's well-being, from 46th in the nation to 47th. Children's Action Alliance president Dana Naimark said she is most concerned about Arizona's proportion of children not enrolled in pre-school - 67 percent - whi

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