For Families

Healthy, supported families that feel confident in their parenting skills and their ability to access needed resources are crucial to children’s success and readiness for school.

Buncombe Partnership for Children offers family-focused programs that improve parenting, promote involvement, and support high quality early education for children of parents and caregivers who are working or attending school. Check them out below!

  • Play & Learn Groups meet weekly for an 8 session series for families of children 3 to 5 years old who are not enrolled in child care. The free group sessions focus on pre-literacy skills using hands on activities with take home materials and activities provided.
  • Dolly Parton's Imagination Library provides free books, monthly to children living in Buncombe County ages birth to five years old. Participating children receive an age appropriate book each month, mailed directly to the child from the time of registration until age 5. Dolly Parton's Imagination Library supports preparing children for kindergarten by exposing children to the concepts of print, encouraging child/parent reading and increasing early literacy skills.
  • The Incredible Years BASIC Parent Training Program is a free evidenced based parenting program focused on strengthening parenting competencies and fostering parent involvement in children’s school experience, promoting children’s academic, social and emotional skills and reducing behavior problems. The program is a series of weekly sessions during fourteen consecutive weeks. Each session lasts approximately two hours. All adult members of the household with caregiving responsibilities are encouraged to participate. Dinner and child care provided.
  • NC Pre-Kindergarten is a state-funded free high quality child care and education program for eligible children four years of age, administered by Buncombe Partnership for Children. This is a 10-month program for 6.5 hours each day. Classrooms are located in a variety of locations throughout the county.
  • Subsidized Child Care supports working families by providing financial assistance for child care to eligible families. Families are able to choose their own 4- or 5-star child care provider, center-based facilities or Family Child Care Homes. Child care providers are reimbursed per child at a rate set by the state. Parents must pay a fee of 10% of gross monthly income for all vouchers. Vouchers are available for full-time, part-time or wrap-around care for Early Head Start and NC Pre-K.