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$10,000 Match to Benefit Buncombe's Young Children

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It's the 50th anniversary of the Week of the Young Child, and a special matching gift challenge is up and running for the month of April! 
Donations will support Buncombe Partnership for Children's work with local children from ages birth to 5 years old. 

The first $10,000 in donations will be matched dollar-for-dollar by the Partnership's board members & board alumni, Blue Ridge Orthodontics, Clean Environments, First Citizens Bank, Johnson Price Sprinkle PA, the Matt & Molly Team of Keller Williams Realty, Mosaic Community Lifestyle Realty, WellCare of North Carolina, and Zen Sushi.
We need your help to meet this ambitious match and double the impact of this special time of year!
What is the Week of the Young Child?  
A nationwide celebration that spotlights early learning, young children, and the communities that support them. Buncombe Partnership for Children (BPFC) is hosting virtual and socially distanced events (story times, movie nights, puppet shows, etc.) and sharing resources for children, families, and teachers. The matching gift represents an opportunity to celebrate all month long.

Interested in sponsoring as a business? Click here to check out year-round sponsor benefits.
About Buncombe Partnership for Children

BPFC's vision is that every child in our community will reach their fullest potential and be prepared for lifelong success. We value families of all kinds, early childhood educators, racial justice, relationships, and brave innovation.  
The following strategic directions guide our work: 
- Strengthening the early childhood education system. 
- Implementing diversity, equity, and inclusion strategies. 
- Strengthening resiliency in early childhood education. 
- Ensuring financial sustainability and growth. 
Our annual Impact Report shows how high quality early education improves the lives of everyone in the community
How will my donation make a difference? 
BPFC is on a mission to strengthen the capacity of educators, families, and the community to build a strong foundation for children’s learning and development beginning at birth. Programs focus on early literacy, family support, affordable early care, high quality early education, workforce development, and children's health. Other expenses include administration (5% of annual budget) and fundraising (<1% of annual budget). Read on for more about the programs BPFC delivers.
Early Literacy

· Dolly Parton's Imagination Library: Mails a free, brand-new book to enrolled children every month from birth until they turn 5.  
· Reach Out & Read: Provides free books to children ages 6 months to 5 years old at all well-child doctor’s office visits. 
Family Support 

· Kaleidoscope Play and & Learn Groups: Free, facilitated playgroups in English and Spanish. 
· Asheville Adventure Play: Workshops on child-directed play; also hosts Pop-Up Adventure Playgrounds. 
· Circle of Security: A parenting program to strengthen bonds and build secure relationships. 
Affordable, High Quality Early Care and Education

· Child Care Subsidies: Vouchers to assist income-eligible families with the cost of high quality child care while they are working and/or in school.  
· NC Pre-Kindergarten: A free, high quality Pre-K program for income-eligible rising kindergartners.  
· Sustaining Facility Quality: Unrestricted grants for 4- and 5-star-rated child care facilities to help maintain high program quality. 
Workforce Development

· Child Care Resources: Online and in-person training, technical assistance, coaching, communities of practice, and consultation for early childhood educators.  
· Early Childhood Educator Workforce Development Project: An entry-level training program and career pathway designed to attract and retain a high quality, diverse early education workforce.  
· The WAGE$ Project: Financial supplements for qualifying early childhood professionals with the goal of reducing turnover. 
Children's Health 

· Child Care Health Consultation: Health and safety training for child care providers and support for children’s individual health plans.  
· The Sunshine Project: Onsite consultation that provides strategies for successful classroom inclusion to educators who teach children that experience social, emotional, and/or behavioral issues.  
· Shaping Buncombe: Helps prevent childhood obesity by providing training and technical assistance on healthy eating, breastfeeding, physical activity, and improving outdoor play spaces to child care centers.

Let's usher in great change and opportunity in the earliest years of children's lives!

Fundraising team: Friends of BPFC (6)

Carol Ann Willhite
Asheville, NC
Buncombe County Partnership for Children, Inc.
Amy Barry
Team member
Caroline Rodier
Team member
Dawn Meskil
Team member
Erin Leonard
Team member

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