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Winter 2020 newsletter

Check out the latest Healthy Steps newsletter!

Together We Grow-Play & Learn

The Together We Grow Play & Learn is back! This 10 week series is designed for children who are 18-24 months old and will explore a variety of topics. Together We Grow begins at 9:30 am and lasts until 10:30 and Play and Learn begins at 11:00 am and lasts until 12:00 pm. You can begin participating in the Together We Grow sessions at any time during the series.

Open Call for Proposals

The Blue Ridge Partnership for Children, the local Smart Start agency, announces a call for applications for Smart Start funding for fiscal year July 1, 2020 – June 30, 2021. Read more…

Purposeful Pints

Have a Heart for Kids on Valentine’s eve! Beech Mountain Brewing Company Purposeful Pints event on Thursday, February 13th, 2020, 4:00 pm until 8:00 pm benefits the Blue Ridge Partnership for Children with $.50 from every pint sold. What better way to kick off the Valentine’s Day weekend! This is a family friendly event. 


BLOCK Fest is a research-based, interactive exhibit that promotes early math and science learning for young children through block play. Our next BLOCK Fest is in Burnsville and will once again be at St. Thomas Episcopal Church. Public sessions are on Thursday, March 19th, 3:30 pm to 6:30 pm and Saturday, March 21st, 9:00 am until 12:00 pm. 

AMY Wee Trade Spring & Summer Consignment Sale

The AMY Wee Trade Consignment Sale, at 31 Cross Street, Spruce Pine, features the very best in “gently used” and new Spring/Summer children’s items. Thursday, March 26th is our preview day. The $5.00 admission lets you shop early for the best deals. Hours of the sale are Thursday, 8am – 6pm, Friday, March 27th, 8am – 6pm, and Saturday, March 28th, 8am – 2pm. Many items will be half price on Saturday.

Save the Date!

Oh the places we’ve been in the last 20 years and the places we’ll go! On May 2, 2020 the Blue Ridge Partnership for Children will host the 20th annual Child Fest. Join us at Mitchell High School from 10:00 am – 2:00 pm as we celebrate 20 years of Child Fest with promises to be a great day of fun.