Blue Ridge Partnership for Children

Welcome to the Blue Ridge Partnership for Children! We serve families, children & parents in Avery, Mitchell and Yancey counties. We encourage you to take advantage of all the great resources, training sessions, and special events we offer each year.

Blue Ridge Healthy Families is seeking qualified candidates for a full-time Blue Ridge Healthy Families – Family Support Specialist to provide home visitation services to expectant parents and families of newborns across Avery, Mitchell, and Yancey counties to promote healthy childhood outcomes. Using the evidence-based Healthy Families America model, the FSS will support families to increase protective factors, reduce stress factors, and mitigate maltreatment risks. Click here for the full job description and how to apply.

The Blue Ridge Partnership for Children (BRPFC) and Cooperative Extension in Avery, Mitchell, and Yancey counties are partnering to offer parents and caregivers empowering resources, education, and support in raising a happy, healthy child. Childcare facilitators are needed so that parents can attend meetings! Classes are usually in the evenings for a couple of hours, for 8 weeks in the Spring and 8 weeks in the Fall. Contact Kelsie Gouge at 828.733.2899 or for more information on how to apply. 

Parent Education System Collaborative funding granted

The Blue Ridge Partnership for Children was recently awarded $180,000 through The Community Foundation of Western North Carolina (CFWNC) to continue its work on creating a regional solution for supporting families who want to strengthen their parenting skills through educational classes. Our goal, with this funding, is to build a full continuum of information, education, and support for parents and caregivers across our region. When parents get the support they need, they have more capacity to give their children positive, nurturing care — even in tough moments. This matters because interactions like these make for capable brains that can confidently take on learning tasks. Read more

BRPFC Board of Directors Meeting Schedule

Wednesday, October 25, 2023 – 3:00 pm – via Zoom

Wednesday, December 6, 2023 – 3:00 pm – in person

Wednesday, February 28, 2024 – 3:00 pm – via Zoom 

Wednesday, April 24, 2004 – 3:00 pm via Zoom

Wednesday, June 26, 2023 – 3:00 pm – in person
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BRPFC Executive Committee Meeting Schedule

Wednesday, November 22, 2023 – 3:00 pm – via Zoom

Wednesday, January 24, 2024 – 3:00 pm – via Zoom

Wednesday, March 27, 2024 – 3:00 pm – via Zoom 

Wednesday, May 22, 2004 – 3:00 pm via Zoom

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Latest News

Imagination Library

Country music superstar and mountain native Dolly Parton and the Dollywood Foundation created the Imagination Library to send a new book each month to every child under the age of six. The books and the delivery are entirely free, no cost to parents.

The Most Important Time in a Child’s Life

The first 2,000 days (five-and-a-half years) of a person’s life repsent the single most important time in their development. It’s when a baby’s brain is creating the connections for learning, and sets the path they will walk for the rest their lives. That’s why we offer great programs like Play & Learn and Family Resource Libraries to stimulate young children’s curiosity, social skills, and critical early learning.

Blue Ridge Partnership for Children