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The BRPFC announces a call for proposals!

The Blue Ridge Partnership for Children, the local Smart Start agency, announces a call for proposals for Smart Start funding for fiscal years July 1, 2021 to June 30, 2023.

Smart Start funds are dedicated to ensuring that all preschool-age children ages birth to five, arrive at school healthy and ready to succeed. If you have a program or project that meets the priority areas of: Early Care & Education-Quality and Workforce, Family Support, Health, and Kindergarten Readiness, and are interested in providing servces that address the needs of children from pre-natal to age five, their families and/or caregivers, the Partnership would like to hear from you! 

For more information, please click on the links provided below. 

Good Night With the Blue Ridge Partnership for Children

Join us the first Thursday of the month 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. This month’s book is “The Snowy Day” read by Kim Hobart and Meredith Perez. There are also Rise & Shine activities based on that month’s selection to do with your child.

Play & Learn

Play & Learn is now virtual! Join us Thursday mornings at 10:00 for Play & Learn on Zoom. For more information on how to attend, please email Ms. Kim at

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 during 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.

Together We Grow Play & Learn on Facebook

All Play & Learn and Together We Grow sessions are currently on hold as the Blue Ridge Partnership for Children staff is currently working remotely to help reduce exposure to the Coronavirus. Check out the Play & Learn Facebook page for lots of fun things to do while we’re staying home. 

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.

AMY Wee Trade Fall/Winter Consignment Sale canceled

After much consideration and discussion, the AMY Wee Trade Consignment Sale planning committee and the Blue Ridge Partnership for Children have decided to cancel the AMY Wee Trade Fall/Winter Children’s Consignment Sale. Ensuring the safety and health of our volunteers, consignors, shoppers, and staff is our top priority during this uncertain time, and because of all the moving parts of hosting this event, the consensus was that canceling the fall sale is the best way to do this. This popular event will be back, bigger and better than ever and we will let you know when the next sale is scheduled!

Child Fest Will Return!

For 20 years Child Fest has been a fun spring event for kids, families and the community. Oh the places we’ve been, and the places we’ll go! Child Fest will be scheduled in the future and announced on local media. Stay healthy & safe! We can’t wait to see everyone again!