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PNS Daily Newscast - December 15, 2017 


What's next following the FCC vote to end net neutrality? We have a pair of reports. Also on our Friday rundown: We'll let you know why adolescents in foster care need opportunities to thrive; and steps you can take to avoid losing your holiday loot.

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Public News Service - MO: Early Childhood Education

More than 100,000 Missouri children live in immigrant families. (26057/Pixabay)

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – The biggest barriers to success for Missouri's children are in the paths of black and Hispanic populations, and children from immigrant families, according to a report from the Annie E. Casey Foundation. The report ranks children's progress on a scale of one to 1,000, for mi

March is Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month. Advocates say we've come a long way in accepting people with differences. (Victoria Jordan)

OZARK, Missouri - In 1987 President Ronald Reagan declared March Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month, calling on Americans to provide the "encouragement and opportunities" necessary for people with developmental disabilities to reach their potential. Jan Jones is director of Abilities First

The U.S. Postal Service receives, and helps answer, millions of letters to Santa each year. (USPS)

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo - At a time when "goodwill toward men" may seem to be in short supply, many kids across Missouri and the nation will have their holiday wishes answered by perfect strangers, just because they dropped a letter in the mail. It's a timeless tradition, kids writing to Santa, and for

PHOTO: Childhood is less fun and games and more of a struggle for Missouri kids who grow up impoverished. A new report encourages the use of an updated tool to measure and combat child poverty. Photo credit: Hilary Clarcq/Morguefile.

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. - It's been more than 50 years since the federal government's official measure of poverty was created, and a new report from the Annie E. Casey Foundation says it's time for a new ruler. The current method for measuring poverty doesn't take into account assistance benefits or re

PHOTO: Missouri Secretary of State Jason Kander has been popping in at local libraries to read to children as part of the

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Thousands of Missouri children and their caregivers are kicking their reading skills into high gear this summer, with grants from the state to enrich early literacy programs at local libraries. Missouri Secretary of State Jason Kander says the "Racing to Read" grants est

PHOTO: Missouri must work harder as a state to ensure equal opportunity for all children, says a new report from the Annie E. Casey Foundation. Photo courtesy of U.S. Department of Education

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. - If all Missouri children deserve a chance to succeed, the state has some work ahead to ensure them equal opportunity. That's the finding of a new study from the Annie E. Casey Foundation, which looks at how children are doing on key milestones based on their race or ethnic grou

PHOTO: Educators say it's never to soon to begin reading to a child, and they encourage Missouri families to make reading a priority during

ST. LOUIS - March is Reading Month, and educators and librarians across the state hope Missouri families will take this opportunity to help children spring into a lifelong reading habit. Julie Douglas, family program director for the Missouri Humanities Council, said reading ideally should be a fam

PHOTO: The YMCA Early Learning Readiness Program for Informal Family, Friend, and Neighbor Caregivers teaches those who watch young children how to provide better learning opportunities for those in their care. Photo courtesy YMCA of the USA.

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - It's been said that it takes a village to raise a child, and the YMCA is reaching out to that village through a pilot program aimed at helping neighbors, relatives and babysitters teach young children the skills they need for school. For many working families, said Rebecca Kelley

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