One of my favorite things is getting out in the community to spend time with kids and see where they're spending time. Recently, along with Commissioner Al Whitesides and Director of Strategic Parnterships Rachael Nygaard, I got to tour the Asheville City Schools Preschool, which serves almost 200 kids in our community with quality early childhood education.
Buncombe County's work around early childhood education and development has a lot of momentum and urgency right now. This is my top focus as a County Commissioner and the reason is simple: currently almost 50% of local kids live in poor to low-income homes and 20% experience food insecurity. We can do better by our kids - and we must. That's why we're launching the Early Childhood Education and Development Fund, which will provide $3.6 million of funding annually for local initiatives focused on early childhood. We're also launching the Early Childhood and Development Committee, which will play an advisory role on funding and policy issues.
Learn more about the county's work here: www.buncombecounty.org/governing/community-investment/grants/early-childhood-education-development-fund.aspx