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Early education in Buncombe County? It’s a problem. Have you heard about it? The shortage of affordable early education is the number one reason workers aren’t filling jobs in our area. It doesn’t grow on trees though – that’s where we come in and that’s where you can come in too.

Accessible early education is about three things.

  1. Having enough trained educators
  2. Having enough childcare centers and preschools
  3. Families knowing how to sign up

Let me back up a minute – this message isn’t about early education. I’m writing to ask if you would sponsor us this year. Kids are great, right? Wouldn’t it be worth helping Buncombe kids learn and develop in exchange for some good publicity?

Why am I droning on about early education?

Your sponsorship can help put on a free event for kids and families. It can help raise awareness. A family learns about a program for their children, they sign up, and boom! One child’s education and development leaps forward. We work the rest of the year to recruit educators and support early education centers.

For our Week of the Young Child in April, a life-sized Sesame Street character will come to town to greet kids. The Sesame Street in Communities visit will kick off activities around resilience.

Your sponsorship can also put books in kids’ hands and create special moments between parents and children.

Kids are great. Early education is a no-brainer, right? But what do you get out of it?

Good publicity in a press release, our enewsletter, a blog post, events, and social media (Instagram reels!). And all the good feels when you support kids and families.

So what do you do next? If you’ve read this far, you’re already a superstar. Check out the attached sponsorship invitation, choose a sponsorship, and fill out the form on page 3. You can mail it with a check to the address listed. Or you can pay for your sponsorship online on this payment form.

Here’s to kids!

ps  We’re always looking for gift certificates and cool items to use in giveaways too. There are as many ways to help as we can imagine together.

Prefer to pledge now and pay later?



Contact me at 828.407.2064

“Early learning is just good business. That’s why the Asheville Area Chamber of Commerce strongly supports funding early childhood education as ‘key economic infrastructure’ for workforce preparation.”

“Access to quality early care and education is fundamental for the growth and development of children—and for families to be able to contribute to the workforce. Successful children and working families are needed for a thriving community! Buncombe Partnership for Children is part of the statewide Smart Start system that works with child care providers and other partners to invest in the future of Buncombe’s youngest children and their families. Their work is vital!”