Raising Quality in Early Education — One of our top priorities is increasing/maintaining the quality of early care and education in Buncombe County. The goal is to improve/maintain families' access to high quality early care that is child-focused, family-friendly and fair to providers.
- Child Care Resource & Referral
- Child Care Health Consultation
- Sustaining Facility Quality
- Preschool Intervention/Inclusion (The SUNSHINE Project)
Supporting Families — Research on brain development has produced new insights on child development. Our family-focused programs give parents tools to increase their knowledge of early childhood development, positive parenting practices, and provides access to subsidized child care.
Advancing Child Health — Healthy behavior from the start can lead to lifelong benefits. We work to improve outcomes for children by working with community partners to improve health and safety for young children, prevent childhood obesity and ensure that more children are screened for developmental delays and referred to services for help before they start school.
Expanding Early Literacy — Recognizing that critical brain development occurs during the First 2,000 Days of life, we support programs that develop early literacy skills needed for success in school, work and life. These programs assist parents in developing habits of daily reading with their children, and assist children in discovering an early love of reading.
Professional Development for Early Childhood Educators — Professional development is an important part of supporting, and building the capacity of early educators.
Championing Our Work — There are only 2,000 days between the time a baby is born and when that child begins kindergarten. Experiences during that time have a lasting impact on later learning, health and success. Join us in investing in the First 2,000 Days!