Early Childhood Development

A $20,000 ECD grant to Reach Out and Read provided 28,945 books to 14,702 in ten counties. Reach Out and Read gives young children a foundation for success by incorporating books into pediatric care and encouraging families to read aloud together. Photo courtesy of Reach Out and Read.

Mission: Support every young child in Western North Carolina in realizing his or her full potential.

Goal: Improve educational and developmental outcomes for children ages 0-5 in Western North Carolina.

Strategies: We will make grants to: (1) raise public awareness of the importance of investing in early childhood development; (2) initiate or continue evidence-based early childhood development programs; and (3) advocate for changes to public policy that will enhance the lives of young children in our region.

Recent Grants


  • Blue Ridge Partnership for Children 
    Yancey County
    Grant Amount: $70,000 over two years 
    Fiscal Year 2019
    to advance the initial accomplishments of the Yancey Alliance for Young Children, a collective impact initiative.
  • Children First/Communities in Schools of Buncombe County 
    WNC Region
    Grant Amount: $99,800 over two years 
    Fiscal Year 2019
    to expand and support the Western North Carolina Early Childhood Coalition.
  • Partnership for Children of the Foothills 
    McDowell, Polk, and Rutherford Counties
    Grant Amount: $8,000
    Fiscal Year 2019
    to engage Leslie Anderson Consulting to assist in creating a strategic plan.
  • Region A Partnership for Children 
    Haywood, Jackson, and Swain Counties
    Grant Amount: $50,000 
    Fiscal Year 2019
    to coordinate community efforts to provide more effective early literacy programming.
  • United Way of Transylvania County
    Transylvania County
    Grant Amount: $47,120
    Fiscal Year 2019 
    for the Community Playgroups Mobile Resource Unit project, which will benefit underserved children ages 0-5. 
  • YWCA of Asheville and WNC
    Buncombe County
    Grant Amount: $50,000
    Fiscal Year 2019
    for assistance in renovating its kitchen and upgrading one of its playgrounds to serve 42 additional children in its Early Learning Program, and to increase the number of people served at its monthly Community Dinners.
  • Buncombe Partnership for Children 
    Buncombe County
    Grant Amount: $50,000
    Fiscal Year 2018
    for Phase 3 of its project to develop and implement a county-wide plan for expanding high-quality, accessible, and affordable preschool for three- and four-year-olds.

  • Children & Family Resource Center of Henderson County
    Henderson County 
    Grant Amount: $7,500 
    Fiscal Year 2018
    to engage HunterKemper Consulting to assist in creating a strategic plan for 2019-2022, including enhanced fundraising planning and development of long-term financial plans.
  • Community Action Opportunities
    Buncombe and Madison Counties
    Grant Amount: $99,500
    Fiscal Year 2018
    to enhance the social-emotional competence skills of more than 530 preschool-age children in 27 Head Start classrooms.

  • Southwestern Child Development Commission
    Haywood, Jackson, Macon and Swain Counties
    Grant Amount: $150,000 over three years
    Fiscal Year 2018
    to fund the Nurse Family Partnership (NFP) program to serve low-income, first-time mothers.

  • Verner Center for Early Learning 
    Buncombe County 
    Grant Amount: $7,500 
    Fiscal Year 2018
    to engage Walker Wilson Consulting to assist with planning for its Executive Director transition, and to increase its capacity to achieve its mission under new leadership.

  • Grants Since Inception

To learn more about our Early Childhood Development focus area, please contact:

Philip Belcher
Vice President, Programs

The Buncombe County Partnership for Children was awarded $30,000 to support a county-wide, multi-faceted plan to ensure that a high-quality, accessible and affordable preschool is available to all 3 and 4 year olds in Buncombe County. High-quality preschools are built on teacher-child relationships, provide children with support and tools to deal with trauma and become resilient, use proven methods, collaborate with others and focus on developing the whole child. 

An ECD grant to the YWCA of Asheville and Buncombe County supported the development and implementation of an innovative parent-led childcare partnership program to support the needs of Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College students. Watch the video.


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