Early Childhood Development


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.

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

Goal: Improve educational and developmental outcomes, especially for children who are not in formal early childhood education programs.

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.

Grants

  • Smart Start of Transylvania County
    Transylvania County
    Grant Amount: $100,000 over two years
    Grant Year: 2017
    to partner with the United Way of Transylvania to implement the Smartly United Early Childhood Collective, a collective impact model for addressing early childhood opportunities in Transylvania County that will improve outcomes for children and raise the quality of care.
  • Southwestern Child Development Commission
    WNC Region
    Grant Amount: $75,000
    Grant Year: 2017
    for 2017-18 for continued planning and work to educate and engage stakeholders about improving access to quality, affordable early childhood education in WNC.  Funds will be shared with four organizations: Children First/Communities In Schools of Buncombe Co., Verner Center for Early Learning, Children & Family Resource Center of Henderson Co. and Pisgah Legal Services. 

  • Buncombe Partnership for Children 

    Buncombe County
    Amount: $30,000
    Grant Year: 2017
    To support a county-wide, multi-faceted plan to ensure that a high-quality, accessible and affordable preschool experience is available to all 3 and 4 year olds in Buncombe County. By spring 2017, a complete written draft of the plan will circulate for feedback from larger early care and education providers and policymaker communities as well as from families. The plan will include: a comprehensive program design inclusive of all types of providers to offer choices to families; a funding model; communication strategies; and an implementation approach for scaling up the expansion over time. CFWNC funds will be used to pay for consulting costs. 
  • YWCA of Asheville and WNC (YWCA)
    Buncombe County
    Amount: $35,000
    Grant Year: 2016
    To support the development and implementation of a parent-led childcare partnership program to support the needs of Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College students. Participating student parents will be offered three shifts per week of free childcare in exchange for working one 4-hour shift once a week. Parent volunteers will be screened, receive basic childcare training, and be exposed to positive parenting and community resiliency techniques as modeled by the supervising teacher. CFWNC funds will be used to help YWCA with required renovation costs; purchasing cribs, high chairs, gates, and toys; and performing initial research, marketing, and documentation of the process necessary to create a toolkit for replication of the model in other areas of Western North Carolina.
  • Blue Ridge Partnership for Children
    Yancey County
    Amount: $96,000 over two years ($48,000/year)
    Grant Year: 2016-2017
    To implement the Yancey Early Childhood Initiative (YECI), a collective impact model for addressing early childhood issues in Yancey County. YECI will engage multiple sectors of the community in a process that views those challenges often seen as intractable barriers to high quality early childhood experiences as opportunities for innovation and change. CFWNC funds will be used to support salary, benefits, and related program costs for a program manager.
  • Mountain Area Health Education Center, Inc. (MAHEC)
    WNC Region
    Amount: $10,000
    Grant Year: 2015
    To support the 2015 Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) Southeastern Summit.  Decades of neuroscience research on brain development, adversity, toxic stress and resilience show that children exposed to abuse, neglect or household dysfunction can develop behavioral and physical health problems later in life.  Buncombe County is at the forefront of ACEs work, and the Summit will raise awareness of  the issue and offer new strategies affecting healthcare, education, law and mental health in WNC.
  • Mitchell-Yancey Partnership for Children
    Yancey County
    Amount: $10,000
    Grant Year: 2015
    For the Yancey Early Childhood Initiative to identify barriers to young children's ability to realize their potential in Yancey County and to build community-wide collaboration to improve access to services to assist children and their families in overcoming those barriers in measurable and sustainable ways.
  • Reach Out and Read Carolinas
    Swain County
    Amount: $15,000
    Grant Year: 2015
    To provide services to the new Mission Children's Health Clinic in Bryson City, which will reach 500 children.  Reach Out and Read is the most widely studied and disseminated model of early childhood literacy promotion.  It leverages the parent/doctor relationship to infuse literacy in a child's life early and often.  It is the only childhood literacy program in the U.S. supported by the American Academy of Pediatrics.
  • Region A Partnership for Children
    Sylva/Jackson County
    Amount: $29,970
    Grant Year: 2015
    For to develop a satellite office in the far western counties of the region that will enable the organization to improve significantly its outreach to families in its service area.     
  • Southwestern Child Development Commission
    WNC Region
    Amount: $75,000
    Grant Year: 2015
    For Year 3 of the work of the WNC Early Childhood Coalition: to improve access to quality, affordable early childhood education in WNC. The Coalition is advocating for two major public policies for the NC Subsidized Child Care Program which will specifically benefit young children and their families in WNC: (1) an equitable allocation formula and sustainable funding for child care subsidies to ensure that low-income WNC children are able to access child care; and (2) an equitable county market rate formula which will provide high quality services to all children in North Carolina.
  • Buncombe County Partnership for Children 
    WNC Region
    Amount: $54,460
    Grant Year: 2014

    To fund a study to gather information regarding the needs of children not enrolled in licensed care in Western North Carolina.   The data will be used by public agencies and nonprofits to guide decisions regarding program direction and delivery.  A Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina Foundation grant funded planning for the assessment.

  • Southwestern Child Development Commission
    WNC Region
    Amount: $75,000
    Grant Year: 2014
    For Year 2 of the work of the WNC Early Childhood Coalition: to improve access to quality, affordable early childhood education in WNC. The Coalition is advocating for two major public policies for the NC Subsidized Child Care Program which will specifically benefit young children and their families in WNC: (1) an equitable allocation formula and sustainable funding for child care subsidies to ensure that low-income WNC children are able to access child care; and (2) an equitable county market rate formula which will provide high quality services to all children in North Carolina.
  • Southwestern Child Development Commission
    Haywood, Jackson and Swain counties
    Amount: $150,000
    Grant Year: 2014
    Awarded over three years to establish a Nurse Family Partnership (NFP) program to serve Haywood, Jackson, Macon and Swain counties. NFPs serve low-income, Medicaid-eligible first-time mothers. The new WNC NFP program will entail hiring four nurses with B.S. degrees to serve the four-county area, one Masters level nursing supervisor and administrative support staff. Each nurse will provide home visits to approximately 25 mothers throughout pregnancy and through their child’s second birthday.

    NFP has been studied extensively for more than three decades and has proved effective in improving outcomes for the mothers and their children, including improved prenatal health and school readiness and increased maternal employment. The Brown Family Fund, the Wasson-Stowe Charitable Fund and the MAC Mountain Fund partnered with CFWNC to fund this grant. Significant funding is also being provided by the Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust, The Evergreen Foundation and the NC Department of Health and Human Services. 
  • Region A Partnership for Children
    Sylva/Jackson County
    Amount: $75,000
    Grant Year: 2013
    To expand the evidence-based Parents as Teachers program in Cherokee, Clay, Graham, Haywood, Jackson, Macon and Swain counties. The partnership is the non-profit that administers North Carolina’s Smart Start and NC Pre-K initiatives in the seven westernmost counties and on the Qualla Boundary.
  • Southwestern Child Development Commission
    Webster/Jackson County
    Amount: $75,000
    Grant Year: 2013
    For Year 1 of the work of the WNC Early Childhood Coalition to educate and engage stakeholders with the goal of improving access to quality, affordable early childhood care and education by changing public policies related to the NC Subsidized Child Care Program. 
  • North Carolina Partnership for Children
    Raleigh/Wake County
    Amount: $65,000
    Grant Year: 2012
    To develop Champions for Children among business and community leaders, using the First 2000 Days campaign, to advocate for public and private funding for early child care and education in Western North Carolina.
  • Reach Out and Read Carolinas
    Sylva/Jackson County
    Amount: $25,000
    Grant Year: 2012
    To expand the Reach Out and Read program to serve an additional 3,500 children and their families living in poverty in Western North Carolina. The grant was made possible by generous co-investment from two CFWNC fundholders.

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

Philip Belcher
Vice President, Programs
828-367-9901
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Mountain Area Health Education Center, Inc. (MAHEC) was awarded $10,000 to support the 2015 Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) Southeastern Summit. Decades of neuroscience research on brain development, adversity, toxic stress and resilience show that children exposed to abuse, neglect or household dysfunction can develop behavioral and physical health problems later in life. Buncombe County is at the forefront of ACEs work. The conference attracted broad attendance from many sectors including health care, education, mental health and law.   
The work of the Buncombe ACEs Collaborative was recently recognized with a “MARC” Mobilizing Action for Resilient Communities grant award (funding from Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, The Health Federation of Philadelphia, and the California Endowment).  This grant awards Buncombe HHS $300,000 over two years and will allow the significant local accomplishments to continue, while adding a dimension of community movement building around resilience
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