The Need

Almost half (46%) of children in Buncombe County live in low-income households where family income cannot cover basic expenses like food, housing, transportation, and health costs. We serve families that are homeless, families that are one medical expense away from an eviction, families that make regular visits to the food pantry to keep food on the table, and families that can’t find safe and affordable child care while they work. Stress around lack of basic needs takes a toll on children. Research links childhood poverty with academic underachievement, higher dropout rates, and poorer overall health.

Children First/Communities In Schools works to strengthen both child and family by keeping students on track for academic success while using public policy to build a more family-friendly, affordable Buncombe County.

About Children First/ Communities In Schools

We empower K-6 students and surround them with a community of support in school, after school, and in their homes and communities.

Together with collaborative nonprofits, teachers, parents, donors, and volunteers, Children First/Communities In Schools delivers highly accountable, evidence-based direct services; positive child and parent relationships; open hearts and helping hands; and aspirational advocacy to ensure all children can thrive.





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