News & Events


Upcoming Events

The 2017 National Smart Start Conference

May 1-4, Greensboro, NC

Register now!


Photovoice: Racial Equity and the Achievement Gap

Exhibit on display at the United Way of Asheville and Buncombe County starting December 1. More information about the project can be found here.


Asheville Adventure Play

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.

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


 Local Coverage

Buncombe Wants to Partner with Eliada for child care options

Childcare Dilemma in Asheville: Access and Affordability Loom Large by Beth Walton from the Asheville Citizen-Times

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.

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