Services for Families & Young Children

Children’s Resource Library

Visit one of our Children’s Resource Libraries in Burnsville and Newland to browse our children’s books, toys, and learning kits! Materials are available for checkout by early childhood educators and the community at no cost. We also have a hot laminator and a full die cut system for teachers and families to create engaging learning materials. 

Burnsville location – 392 East Main St., Burnsville      828.682.0047

Newland location – 215B Pineola Street, Burnsville    828.733.2899



Blue Ridge Healthy Families

Blue Ridge Healthy Families provides intensive home-visiting service for families with newborns designed to increase protective factors and promote healthy childhood outcomes. To learn more call (828) 682-0047 or (828) 682-5091.

Family Connects Northwest

Family Connects is a universal, evidence-based nurse home visiting program. Every family with a newborn living in Ashe, Avery, and Watuaga counties qualifies for a home visit with a registered nurse at no cost to you. Visit Family Connects Northwest  for more information. 

Family Matters

We are committed to empowering the families in our community by providing resources and education that preserve, enhance, and strengthen relationships. Our counties are fortunate to have many agencies that offer classes that can support you in raising a happy, healthy child. All of these programs are open to the public at little or no cost, and most offer snacks or a meal, as well as childcare for the duration of each program session. To learn more about the parent education programs available in your county, click on the links below. When you find the one that matches your parenting goals, complete the registration form to sign up. If you need more information to help you decide, call  P | 828.733.2899.

Avery County Cooperative Extension

Mitchell County Cooperative Extension

Yancey County Cooperative Extension

Blue Ridge Alliance for Young Children

Through the collective efforts of an inspired community, we seek to ensure the availability and affordability of health, education, and parent support services that prepare our young children for school and future Life success. 

Contracted Services for Children, Families & Educators

Child Care Subsidies

Child Care Subsidies assist families with the costs of high-quality child care. For more info, call Avery DSS at (828) 733-8230; Mitchell DSS (828) 688-2175, ext 306; or Yancey DSS at (828) 682-6148, ext 243.


Preschool Scholarships

Preschool Scholarships offer financial support for eligible families to attend high-quality part-day preschool program. For more info, call Church Street Preschool at (828) 682-4979, or Children’s Garden at (828) 675-5303.


Triple P 

Happier Families. Better Relationships. Successful Kids. It all starts here! 


Transportation Services

Transportation Services assist with transportation to child care, medical appointments and other human service agencies. Avery (828) 733-0005; Mitchell (828) 688-4715; Yancey (828) 682-6144.



WAGE$® offers supplements for teachers to support increased college coursework in child development. To learn more, call (919) 967-3272.