We know finding the right child care program is important to families and caregivers and can seem overwhelming. Here’s a couple of resources to help.
Have you called Mountain Child Care Connections?
Child Care Referral Through Mountain Child Care Connections
Mountain Child Care Connections (MCCC) is a regional call center providing families with free, confidential information about quality child care to meet their individual needs. This is a great place to start if you are looking for child care.
Information provided includes:
- Provider contact information
- Types of care available
- Quality indicators and star licenses
- Cost of care
- Referrals to other agencies
The call center, managed by Southwestern Child Development Commission, Inc., serves Buncombe County and its 10 surrounding counties.
Buncombe County residents and providers can call MCCC toll free at 1-877-752-5955 from any county or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
You can also search for child care options on the DCDEE website.
The Division of Child Development & Early Education
DCDEE is another great resource to find child care. Not only do they have a guide on choosing quality child care, but they also have a search feature that allows parents to find centers based on name, location, and other criteria like age. Click here to use DCDEE’s search database.
Looking for a map of all the licensed child care centers in Buncombe County?
Click here for a map of all the licensed child care centers in Buncombe County.
Each pin includes a link to the child care center’s web site or Facebook Page. There is also a handy list at the bottom of the map for all child care centers. The mapping feature even lets you map the route from home/work to the centers!
Finding Child Care FAQs
How do vouchers work? Does BPFC provide vouchers directly?
Check out our page on vouchers! BPFC does not provide vouchers directly. You will need to contact the Child Care Subsidy Unit through Buncombe County Health and Human Services.
What is the difference between Head Start, Early Head Start, Smart Start and NC Pre-K?
Head Start is a free, federally funded program for children 3-5 years old prior to kindergarten. Family income must be at or below Federal Income Guidelines ($16,910 for a family of 2 or $25,750 for a family of 4.) This is a 10 month program that runs August through May, offered for 6.5 hours a day. Head Start is run through Community Action Opportunities. Call (852) 252-2495 for more information.
Early Head Start is a free, federally funded program for children up to 3 years of age. Center-based care is offered daily for 4.5 hours. It does not provide full-time child care. Families needing help with child care for the remainder of the day should apply for child care subsidy or pay a parent fee. Eligibility is based off the same Federal Income Guidelines as Head Start. Early Head Start is run through the Verner Center for Early Learning. Call (828) 298-0808 for more information.
Smart Start is North Carolina’s nationally-recognized initiative to ensure that every child reaches his or her potential and is prepared to succeed in a global community. Smart Start helps working parents pay for child care, improves the quality of child care and provides health and family support services in every North Carolina county. Buncombe Partnership for Children is the local Smart Start agency. Although the names sound similar, Head Start and Smart Start are not related.
NC Pre-K is a state-funded, FREE, high quality early care and education program for 4 year olds that aims to enhance children’s school readiness. The program is offered for 6 ½ hours a day for 10-months; programs are located in public schools, private child care programs, and Head Start. Limited options for wrap-around care are available. More information here.
Does BPFC provide child care?
We do not provide child care directly. We run the NC Pre-K program with different child care providers, but we do not directly provide child care on site.
Does BPFC provide referrals?
The referral agency for Western North Carolina is Mountain Child Care Connections.
For a downloadable link, click here.
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