Who We Are


We invest in the First 2,000 Days of a child’s life — in children ages 0-5 and their families by partnering with local organizations to provide programs that:

  • Improve the quality of early childhood education
  • Increase access to affordable, high quality early care and education
  • Expand early literacy opportunities
  • Provide family support

There are 2,000 days between birth and kindergarten. The majority of brain development happens during this time, forming the foundation for all future learning.

Because today's children are tomorrow's leaders, parents, and workers, everyone has a stake in making sure that all of Buncombe's children have what they need to thrive.

Buncombe Partnership for Children's mission is to strengthen the capacity of educators, families, and the community to build a strong foundation for children’s learning and development beginning at birth.

We are a member of the Smart Start Network

Smart Start was created in 1993 as an innovative solution to a problem: Children were coming to school unprepared to learn.

Policymakers recognized that progress would require tapping into the same innovative spirit that inspired private sector advances, and therefore, established Smart Start as a public/private partnership. Independent, private organizations work in all 100 North Carolina counties through The North Carolina Partnership for Children, Inc., and 75 Local Partnerships, including Buncombe Partnership for Children.

The power of Smart Start is that it delivers outcomes by giving communities local control to determine the best approach to achieving them.