Parents Daily News Roundup

Report: State Preschool Funding Lowest in Decade On Per-Student Basis
State funding for pre-kindergarten programs had its largest drop ever last year and states are now spending less per child than they did a decade ago, according to a report released Monday. The report also found that more than a half million of those preschool students are in programs that don’t even meet standards suggested by industry experts that would qualify for federal dollars. (via Huffington Post)

Doctors: Respect Women’s Choice to Have Home Birth
Although hospitals and birthing centers are the safest places to have a baby, pediatricians said today that women who choose to give birth at home should be supported and that setting made as safe as possible, as well. (via Reuters)

Ohio Girl, 8, Gets Kidney Donation from Teacher
An Ohio girl is recovering after getting a critical kidney transplant — with the organ donated by her former kindergarten teacher. Nicole Miller — an 8-year-old first-grader at Mansfield Christian School — got the kidney last week from Wendy Killian, who was her kindergarten teacher last year. (via Fox News)

Xena, the Warrior Puppy, Rescued from Abuse, Helps 8-Year-Old Boy with Autism
Research regarding the effects of companion animals on kids with autism is limited but encouraging. One study published earlier this year revealed that children with autism spectrum disorder were more likely to talk, laugh, make eye contact and show other positive social behaviors in the presence of guinea pigs than they were in the presence of toys. (via NBC News)

Mom Convinces Son He has Cancer to Scam Money From Friends, Cops Allege
Police have charged a New Jersey mother who allegedly lied and said her son was suffering from cancer in order to deceive friends and loved ones out of thousands of dollars. Investigators say Susan Stillwagon, 35, stole as much as $3,500 through cupcake and bracelet fundraisers by claiming that her 9-year-old son had a type of lymphoma and needed medical care. (via NBC News)

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