Asheville Buncombe Preschool Planning Collaborative (ABPPC) is a group of folks from nonprofits, government and business who are volunteering their knowledge and resources to determine how our community can work together to make high-quality, affordable preschool accessible to any 3- or 4-year-old whose family wants it.
Although our ultimate vision is to ensure that every child age birth to five in Asheville and Buncombe County has access to high-quality, affordable early care and education, we are focusing on 3- and 4-year-olds because we believe a preschool effort is currently the most fiscally viable, and is a logical “next step upstream” from existing kindergarten systems. By producing more access to high-quality preschool, we also will assure seats for future preschoolers as 0-3 investments continue to gain traction.
High quality preschool early care and education is proven to make a huge difference in the lives of children and their families. Kids who have a quality preschool experience are more likely to graduate high school, go to college, and earn more money as adults (www.first2000days.org).
Our efforts were inspired by other communities, like Forsyth County in North Carolina and PRE4CLE in Cleveland, Ohio. Those communities have developed plans to help ensure all children have a quality preschool experience, and we believe we can create a plan here in Buncombe County that is tailored to the specific needs of the families and children who live here.
We are creating an implementation plan that includes any private or public provider that wants to participate, as well as families, companies and government agencies, all working together to create a seamless network of preschool options for Asheville/Buncombe families. Our plan will include recommendations for long-term, sustainable funding for this community-wide effort.
Delivering high quality preschool means elevating the status of and improving working conditions and career prospects for qualified preschool teachers. Therefore, our planning process includes a strong workforce development component.
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To increase access to affordable, high quality preschool for three- and four-year-olds in Asheville and Buncombe County, with a priority on children and families who are currently experiencing the greatest barriers to access
to the Community Foundation for Western North Carolina, the City of Asheville, Buncombe County, and individual donors who have provided financial support for this work, as well as the dozens of individuals who are donating their time and knowledge to this effort!