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The Blue Ridge Partnership for Children is seeking qualified candidates for 3 positions. Each is designed as full-time, with group health insurance and retirement benefits available:

Technical Assistance Specialist provides 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.

Technical Assistance Specialist Job Description


Blue Ridge Healthy Families — Family Support Specialist provides intensive home visitation services to expectant parents and families of newborns in Buncombe County 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. Families are enrolled prenatally or at birth, and the FSS may continue to serve families for up to five years

Qualified applicants hold a bachelor’s degree in social work or other human service field; with experience working with or providing services to families and young children. Candidates with the Infant Mental Health Associate or Specialist Endorsement level are preferred. The ability to establish trusting relationships, accepting individual differences, with experience and willingness to work with culturally diverse populations is critical, with knowledge of infant and child development, and an openness to reflective practice. Valuable attributes include close attention to detail, and strong communication skills – both written and verbal in relative situations, with the ability to diffuse difficult encounters.

Preferred candidates will have experience working with the identified target population of BIPOC communities in urban settings.

Valid NC driver’s license is required.

Position is based in Buncombe County with remote office hours and in-person home visitation.

Blue Ridge Healthy Families Family Support Specialist


Early Learning Coordinator plans and facilitates community-based Play & Learn groups for children not enrolled in child care, using the Kaleidoscope model. Sessions model for parents and caregivers how to leverage children’s play interests to support their skill development.

Qualified applicants hold an Associate’s Degree, preferably in Early Childhood Education or a related field (BA preferred), with experience as an early childhood educator. Additional experience as a parent educator or with facilitating parent groups is ideal. Knowledge of early childhood development and developmentally appropriate practices is necessary.

Early Learning Coordinator Job Description


Interested candidates should review the full job descriptions listed above for a complete listing of qualifications and position responsibilities.

Qualified candidates submit cover letter and resume to:

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

or email to

Mitchell & Yancey Counties Perinatal Survey Assessment, Fall 2021

Check out the results of the Mitchell and Yancey Counties Perinatal Survey Assessment, completed in 2021. This assessment was done to see what effects the closure of the Labor & Delivery department at Blue Ridge Regional Hospital had on our area. This research was funded by a grant through the AMY Wellness Foundation to Mountain Community Health Partnership, who contracted with the Blue Ridge Partnership for Children.

Play & Learn is on hiatus!

Play and Learn is currently taking a break but will be back soon. Stay tuned for more information. 


Fall / Winter 2021 Newsletter

In this edition:

  • Early Literacy Tips
  • Family Matters
  • Period of Purple Crying & Family Connects
  • What’s Happening

Curbside service available to check out Children’s 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 Children’s Resource Libraries. Click here for the Avery Children’s Resource Library materials list. Click here for the Burnsville Children’s 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.