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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

RALEIGH, N.C. - Most toys on kids' wish lists will likely require batteries, but one North Carolina group is issuing a reminder that books can offer lifelong value to a child. Reach Out and Read distributes books to 130,000 children in need across the state through pediatricians. This holiday, the

ASHEBORO, N.C. - Nipping the problem of childhood obesity in the bud, by targeting children aged from birth to five years: That's the strategy of Shape NC: Healthy Starts for Young Children. The program began last year and is now expanding to 10 more communities in North Carolina, a state that has t

SYLVA, N.C. - In North Carolina, a check on your children's health can also provide them with food for thought - in the form of a new book. Starting this year, the Reach Out and Read program has provided books to children in need by asking pediatricians to distribute them. The program's regional di

WILMINGTON, N.C. - Caring for North Carolina children is a boost to the state's economy, according to a study released this week. The report finds that child care in North Carolina generates $1.7 billion dollars in revenue and is linked to more than 49,000 jobs. Additionally, by providing support to

GREENSBORO, N.C. - Colorful backpacks and shiny new pencils will be flying off the store shelves this weekend as North Carolina goes tax-free from Friday to Sunday for school supplies, clothing and footwear, as well as some recreational equipment and computers. According to one teacher, however, the

RALEIGH, N. C. - A North Carolina court has issued a landmark ruling this week, recognizing the importance of education for children ages birth to five. Wake County Superior Court Judge Howard Manning, Jr., cited evidence that children who receive early childhood education perform better later in li

RALEIGH, N.C. - Using a YouTube video, supporters of Smart Start - which is threatened by budget-cutters in the legislature - are fighting back with the help of business heavyweights including an engineer who designs high-tech military weaponry. They're pushing the need to invest in helping kids in

RALEIGH, N.C. - As state lawmakers try to make up for the budget shortfall, some North Carolina business leaders say early-childhood education programs are integral to the success of their business. More than 50 business leaders joined former Gov. Jim Hunt this week to take that message to legislat

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