Programs 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 and promote involvement. Parent education programs give parents tools to increase their knowledge of early childhood development and positive parenting practices, and home visiting programs help new parents and parents-to-be by providing education, information and resources. 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.

The Dolly Parton 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 Imagination Library supports preparing children for kindergarten by exposing children to the concepts of print, encouraging child/parent reading and increasing early literacy skills.

For more information, please contact:

Literacy Council of Buncombe County
31 College Pl
Asheville, NC 28801
Phone: (828) 254-3442
Email: [email protected]

Does your child have challenging behaviors? Is s/he between the ages of 3 – 5?
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-K 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. Click here for a current list of locations.

For more information, please contact:

Stacey Bailey, Program Coordinator
Buncombe Partnership for Children
2229 Riverside Drive
Asheville, NC 28804
Phone: 828.407-2057
Email: [email protected]

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.

For more information, contact:
The Child Care Subsidy Unit at the Department of Health and Human Services
Phone: (828) 250-5664