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We’re hiring!

The Blue Ridge Partnership for Children is seeking qualified candidates for 2 open positions:

Technical Assistance Specialist full-time position with benefits to provide consultation with child care facilities across the 3-county region to support high quality learning opportunities for young children.

Qualified applicants hold a Bachelor’s Degree in Child Development or a related field, with three to five years’ experience in early care and education field or a related setting. Level 11 certification from the NC Institute for Child Development Professionals will be required to obtain the TA Practitioner Endorsement. Working knowledge of NC’s child care regulations and NC Foundations of Early Learning and Development is needed. Demonstrated competency in the use of assessment tools of classroom quality such as environmental rating scales and others is necessary.

Pre-natal Education Consultant temporary part-time contracted position to explore available pre-natal education sources, and engage with a collaborative work group to determine forms of information to support new parents and healthy birth outcomes.

Qualified candidates submit cover letter and resume to:

Executive Director, BRPFC, PO Box 1387, Burnsville, NC 28714

or email to


Responding to the COVID-19 Summer Surge

We have come to the difficult decision to keep our offices closed to the public until after Labor Day due to the recent surge of COVID-19. Curbside service for the Children’s Resource Libraries is still available and we are glad to assist with contactless check out of items. Please contact us at (828) 682-0047 in Burnsville or (828) 733-2899 in Newland for more information about contactless check out. Our offices are typically staffed from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm, Monday thru Friday. Thanks for helping us keep our staff and families safe!

Play & Learn in person is coming back this summer!

Outdoor Play & Learn groups are available in Avery, Mitchell, and Yancey counties for 8 weeks of summer fun! These groups meet  outside. Registration is required and spaces are limited. We will follow the NCDCD-EE COVID-19 guidelines requiring children ages 3 and up and their caregivers, wear a face covering while participating in the group. For more information on the Avery/Mitchell groups, contact Ms. Kim at and for more information on the Yancey group, contact Ms. Mari at 


AMY Wee Trade Fall/Winter Consignment Sale Canceled.

The fall/winter consignment sale has been canceled due to the rise in COVID-19 cases locally. We will miss seeing everyone at the sale but we want to do our part to keep everyone safe. We hope there will not be a winter spike and we can get back on track with the 2022 Spring/Summer AMY Wee Trade Consignment sale. Thank you for your understanding.



Good Night With the Blue Ridge Partnership for Children

Join us the first Thursday of October at 7:00 pm for Good Night with the Blue Ridge Partnership for Children! Each month a local community leader  will read one of their favorite Imagination Library books. There are also Rise & Shine activities based on that month’s selection to do with your child.

Curbside service available to check out Family Resource Library items!

Call our office at 828-682-0047 or 828-733-2899 to learn more about how to check out items from the Family Resource Libraries. Click here for the Avery Family Resource Library materials list. Click here for the Burnsville Family Resource Library materials list.

School is back in session! 

Check out this infographic with helpful tips and hints about navigating school as we come out of the pandemic.

Watch videos on our new YouTube channel

Visit our new YouTube channel to see “Goodnight With Dolly” and watch er read bedtime story, and see Play & Learn Coordinator Kim Hobart with her series Rise & Shine. There are also videos on tips for parents, and fun activities to do at home with kids.

BLOCK Fest® Postponed

BLOCK Fest is a research-based, interactive exhibit that promotes early math and science learning for young children through block play. The BLOCK Fest event in Yancey County has been postponed and will be rescheduled. Thanks for your understanding.