About Us

We invest in the First 2,000 Days of a child’s life  — in children ages 0-5 and their families by partnering with local organizations to provide programs that:

  • improve the quality of early childhood education;
  • increase access to affordable, high quality early care;
  • expand early literacy opportunities; and
  • provide family support

Buncombe Partnership for Children's mission is to strengthen the capacity of educators, families, and the community to build a strong foundation for children’s learning and development beginning at birth.

Our vision is that every child in our community will reach his or her fullest potential and be prepared for lifelong success.

We are a Smart Start Partnership

Smart Start was created in 1993 as an innovative solution to a problem: Children were coming to school unprepared to learn.

Policymakers recognized that progress would require tapping into the same innovative spirit that inspired private sector advances, and therefore, established Smart Start as a public/private partnership. Independent, private organizations work in all 100 North Carolina counties through The North Carolina Partnership for Children, Inc., and 75 Local Partnerships, including Buncombe Partnership for Children.

The power of Smart Start is that it delivers outcomes by giving communities local control to determine the best approach to achieving them.