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Trump visits South Dakota's Black Hills, Mt. Rushmore today; nearby tribal leaders object, citing concerns over COVID-19 and a fireworks display. Plus, voter registration numbers are down from this time in 2016.

Public News Service - NC: Early Childhood Education

NEW BERN, N.C. - North Carolina's public school children could return in August to very different classrooms if the state Senate budget is passed. The proposal is up for a second vote today before moving on to the House. It reduces the number of teacher assistants and pre-kindergarten slots, and it

RALEIGH, N.C. – Community action agencies in North Carolina are bracing for more cuts to what they say are already slim budgets. President Barack Obama has included a 50 percent reduction in community service block grant funding in his budget proposal. Sharon Goodson, executive director of

Photo: Habitat for Humanity of Forsyth County volunteers. Courtesy: Habitat for Humanity Forsyth County

RALEIGH, N.C. - One unintended consequence of fixing the "fiscal cliff" could be a reduction in the tax incentives to make nonprofit donations. Capping the amount of itemized deductions individuals can claim at around $17,000 is one solution being tossed around in Washington to help solve the budget

ROCKY MOUNT, N.C. - The first 2,000 days of a child's life are what education experts say are crucial to his or her development. North Carolinians from all walks of life are stepping up to ask the state to continue their investment in early childhood education. Last year, state funding for early chi

Picture taken at Love's Learning Center in Dallas, NC

RALEIGH, N.C. - It isn't every day that life-sized paper dolls greet North Carolina lawmakers - but that's what's happening today at the State Capitol. The display, made up of hundreds of child-size paper cutouts created by children from early-childhood education centers around the state, is organi

ASHEVILLE, N.C. - The severe budget cuts to North Carolina's early childhood education programs seen last year are already making their mark, at least when it comes to perception of the state's programs. A report released today by the National Institute for Early Education Research finds that North

MONROE, N.C. - Thousands of children across North Carolina will celebrate a special birthday today. It's Dr. Seuss's birthday, which is also "Read Across America Day," sponsored in the Tar Heel State by the North Carolina Association of Educators. It's a day when community leaders, celebrities and

NAGS HEAD, N.C. - A growing number of pediatricians across North Carolina are adding one more tool to their doctor's bag: A children's book. It's part of a national program called "Reach Out and Read." The organization collects children's books and works with selected pediatricians to distribute th

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