Buncombe County, NC Map of Existing Pre-K Slots

A working tool for pre-k expansion planning and funding.


This map is not a tool for finding care for your child. For information on finding and applying to pre-k, please visit www.buncombepfc.org/buncombeprek

In 2019, myFutureNC released a call to action to increase education levels across North Carolina to meet employers’ needs. Key to this effort is starting learners off strong by serving at least 75% of eligible 4-year-olds in the high-quality, state-funded NC Pre-K program.

In 2020, Buncombe County’s NC Pre-K program only had the capacity to serve 35% of eligible families. To reach 75%, the program would need to add 470 more NC Pre-K slots.

The Asheville Buncombe Preschool Planning Collaborative is dedicated to expanding NC Pre-K and other public funding for early education to meet local families’ needs. We developed this map to help us see which areas have publicly funded pre-k slots, and which areas need more. We can look at county pre-k in relation to a variety of population and economic data, all of which is updated annually.

We offer this map to help providers, funders, and policy makers get a better understanding of the pre-k landscape in Buncombe County.

How to use this map

Two categories of sites: As of Spring, 2023, there are 95 licensed Early Childhood Education programs across Buncombe County.

  • GREEN dots represent the 31 providers offering public pre-k slots. In Buncombe County, this means NC Pre-K and/or HeadStart, both free for income-eligible families.
  • ORANGE dots represent the 64 programs who serve 4-year-olds in some other licensed child care or pre-k program , but do not offer public pre-k. These programs may or may not accept childcare subsidy vouchers to help working families pay for care.

Background: Change the background to see different local context data (income, language, etc.). Hover over each option to see the full description.

Layers: Check the box beside elements you want to see on the map. You can “turn on and off” different elements.

Filter sites: Use this feature to filter which ORANGE sites (those that do not offer publicly funded pre-k) will be displayed. Use the sliders to adjust star rating, distance from bus route, and more. Hover cursor over each factor for full description.

Data sources

  • Social vulnerability index for Census tracts comes from the Cape Fear Collective.
  • School enrollment and ECE status data comes from BPFC.
  • All other data comes from the US Census bureau
    • This specifically uses the American Community Survey’s most recent five year estimates for
      • Total population
      • White population
      • Black population
      • Hispanic population
    • Data for other racial groups were not included on this map due to their low numbers. County wide, for example,
      • 1.2% are Asian,
      • 0.3% are American Indian, and
      • 0.1% are Native Hawaiian.