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We’re hiring!

The Blue Ridge Partnership for Children is seeking qualified candidates:

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. 

Technical Assistance Specialist complete job description.



The Resilience Regional Coordinator is a full-time leadership position for a 3-year grant-funded project. 

Working through the regional structure and a Resilience Subcommittee, the RRC will assist communities in developing and implementing action plans to expand WNC Smart Start organizations’ capacity for building resilient, family-focused communities that measurably improve early childhood learning, health and social outcomes for young children and families.

Click here for the Resilience Regional Coordinator complete job description.

Qualified candidates for either position submit cover letter and resume to:

Executive Director, BRPFC, PO Box 1387, Burnsville, NC 28714 or email to


Do you have medical experience? Would you enjoy working with child care providers? Check out this job posting through MAHEC for a Child Care Health Consultant.—Madison–Avery–Yancey–Mitchell–and-McDowell-Counties_R1034

Wreath Sales Benefit Imagination Library

Locally-made wreaths $25, wreaths with a handmade bow $30. Orders taken through December 8th. Call 828.682.0047 or 828.733.2899 or email or to order your wreath. Wreaths can be picked up at the Blue Ridge Partnership for Children offices in Burnsville and Newland on Wednesdays or at Pack and Ship in Spruce Pine. 

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 is Zooming into Fall and the tote exchange is back!

Fall Play & Learn begins the first week of October and continues through November and there is something for everyone! We have a weekly Zoom call at 10:00 am on Thursday and the tote exchange is back! You can participate in one or both of these fun Play & Learn offerings.  For more information, contact Ms. Kim at and for more information on the Yancey group, contact Ms. Mari at  The Yancey group continues to meet in-person outside the Yancey County Library. 


Fall / Winter 2021 Newsletter

In this edition:

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

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.



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.