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Public News Service - SD: Children's Issues

South Dakota ranks 21st for child well-being, according to a report from The Annie E. Casey Foundation. (Craig Springer/USFWS)

PIERRE, S.D. – What would it take to make South Dakota the best state for children? The Annie E. Casey Foundation's annual data book measures child well-being in four areas: economic well-being, health, education, and family and community. And a new report from South Dakota KIDS COUNT crunc

The organization Feeding South Dakota is trying mobile food pantries this summer to reach more rural South Dakotans. (Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

PIERRE, S.D. – Although the number of South Dakotans considered "food insecure" has fallen slightly this year, nearly one in eight still isn't sure where their next meal is coming from. According to Feeding America's "Map the Meal Gap" report, large numbers of South Dakota children are at ri

Children at M&M Day Care in Huron are among those benefiting from the use of early childhood education to integrate refugees from Myanmar into the community. (M&M Day Care)

HURON, S.D. – The small town of Huron in East Central South Dakota has become a heartwarming example of how early childhood education can bring a community together. Nearly a decade ago, Dakota Provisions began recruiting refugees from Myanmar to work in its turkey processing plant in Huron.

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PIERRE, S.D. – A parasite that causes an uncomfortable illness is on the rise as summer unofficially begins. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is warning about crypto – short for cryptosporidiosis. It infects the intestines and stomach, causing cramps, diarrhea and

South Dakota is one of only six states that doesn't fund preschool education. (LucÚlia Ribeiro/Flickr)

PIERRE, S.D. – Although two pieces of legislation on early childhood education were deferred to the 41st legislative day, South Dakota advocates for young children say they're optimistic because the topic is now on the table. Senate Bills 155 and 156 would have established an early-childhood

A 3-year-old boy in Pierre was forcibly catheterized in order to get a urine sample from him. (BENCHAMAT1234/iStockphoto)

PIERRE, S.D. - The forced catheterization of a 3-year-old boy in Pierre has left the child in pain and his family with many unanswered legal questions. Weeks after sending a letter to the Department of Social Services, the ACLU of South Dakota still has not received justification for the agency's u

SDEA President Mary McCorkle has spent this American Education Week visiting schools around the state. (Jerry Oster)

PIERRE, S.D. – More than 134,000 students attend South Dakota public schools in 170 districts, and Mary McCorkle, president of the South Dakota Education Association, has been visiting many of them across the state this week, as part of American Education Week. She said this is a time to celeb

South Dakota students and teachers fared well in the latest statewide assessment, known as STARS. (Jerry Oster)

PIERRE, S.D. – The STARS are aligning for South Dakota teachers and their students, in the form of an updated school assessment, known as the Student Teacher Accountability and Reporting System, or STARS. The updated academic assessments show more students and schools making progress, and mor

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