Children First/CIS Community Support Programs

“The Family Resource Center at Emma is my second home.  My whole family feels we can count on them!  We all volunteer, love our garden plot and enjoy each minute giving back because we had received so much!”
Latino mother from Ecuador

“I like coming to the Learning Center because they help me with my homework. When I’m not trying, they tell me to try, they push me hard to do my homework. Learning Center is the best place I could ever get my DSC_3270homework done. My mom likes it to. Thanks for helping me.”
-Jessica, 9 years old, Woodridge Learning Center

Children First/CIS of Buncombe County is a not-for-profit organization that offers direct services to economically disadvantaged children, youth and their families. These services include

Family Resource Center at Emma (FRCE) that helps  English and Latino families (approximately 520 adults and 532 children) in crisis with a food pantry, clothing closet, emergency financial assistance, parenting classes and a community garden

Learning Centers that provides a safe haven afterschool for 40+ at-risk elementary school aged youth (living in a public housing complexe and a section 8 apartment complex) to receive homework help, a healthy snack, enrichment activities and also includes a parent involvement component;

Student Support Specialist program at Johnston, Eblen Intermediate, Estes and Emma elementary schools helps students succeed in school by addressing their basic needs and surrounding them with a community of support.

Project POWER/AmeriCorps program that provides mentoring and enrichment activities to youth living in Buncombe County.

In addition to direct services, Children First/CIS also provides advocacy and community education to raise awareness of, and develop sustainable solutions to, issues affecting children and families and breaking down barriers of poverty. This includes The Success Equation, which unites the community to help  prevent & reduce poverty so all children can thrive. This movement is comprised of the Policy Team, The Communications Team, and the Family Resource Center Roundtable Discussion, which meet monthly to discuss and form action steps around three focus areas: Early Childhood Development, Child &Family Supports, Family Economic Stability.

Children First/Communities In Schools Buncombe County
50 S. French Broad Ave. Ste. #246
Asheville, NC 28801
(828) 259-9717
fax: (828) 281-3308

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