News & Events


Upcoming Events

The 2017 NCAEYC Conference

September 14-16 Raleigh, NC

Register here

Adverse Childhood Experiences SOUTHEASTERN SUMMIT 2017

October 19-21 Asheville, NC

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The 2017 NAEYC Conference

November 15-18 Atlanta, GA

Children Aren't Colorblind: Talking to Your Child About Race

November 16, 6:15 pm @ United Way of Asheville and Buncombe County

This panel conversation is designed for educators and parents looking for thoughtful and practical ways to talk with young children about race. See the flyer for more details.

Photovoice: Racial Equity and the Achievement Gap

The Achievement Gap, or Opportunity Gap, begins well before young children reach kindergarten. Learn how Asheville City Schools Preschool brought parents and teachers together to address the issues and create recommendations. This dynamic project is presented to the community through a display and presentation. Bring the experience to your organization or learn more about the project here.

Asheville Buncombe Preschool Planning Collaborative

Report here

2 page summary of the report here

Asheville Adventure Play

Our 2017 fall/winter schedule can be found here

Celebrate play and the power of imagination! Join trained Playworkers as they bring a variety of re-purposed, loose parts to create a unique play experience for children of all ages. We are excited to announce our new partnership with the City of Asheville for a series of urban pop-up adventure playgrounds this fall/winter at 68 Haywood Street downtown. Check out our schedule for dates and times. 

For more information about upcoming Adventure Play events, visit us on facebook!

Early childhood education must be a priority. Read this guest column written by Weston Andress, PNC Bank Regional President, Western Carolina.

First 2000 Days Champion Kit Cramer makes the case for investing in early childhood education.

There is great bi-partisan support for  investing in early childhood care & education. Read more in this op-ed from local business leaders, Suzanne DeFerie, CEO of Asheville Savings Bank, and Dan Rittiger, owner of French Broad Chocolate Lounge.

 Early Childhood News

On May 31, 2017 Anna Carter will be stepping down as President of Child Care Services Association.  She has been provided the opportunity to be appointed to the position of Director of the Division of Child Development and Early Education.  We wish her the best in this endeavor and know that she will be an excellent advocate at the state level for the needs of all of North Carolina’s youngest children.

CCSA’s Executive Committee has created a selection committee that is fully committed to finding a highly qualified candidate to continue the important work of the agency. Recruitment for this position begins now with the hopes of having someone in place by the end of December 2017.  More information on the position and process will be on the CCSA website.

In the interim, CCSA is fortunate that Sue Russell, former President of CCSA and current Executive Director of the T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood® National Center, has agreed to provide oversight while the Selection Committee completes their work.  This arrangement will ensure that CCSA will be able to continue the excellent work of the last 45 years without interruption.

Investing in Preschool Beats Investing in the Stock Market

2016 Duke Study finds Early Childhood Funding has Long-Term Results

New Research Finds Strong Bipartisan Support among American Voters for Investing in the Early Childhood Profession

New Bipartisan Poll Finds Investing In Early Childhood Education Is Top National Priority