Children First/Communities In Schools offers direct services to children and their families in Buncombe County.  These services are offered during school hours, after school, and in their communities.

In School

  • Student Support Specialists serve at Claxton, Emma, Estes, Oakley, Hall Fletcher and Johnston Elementary schools, as well as Eblen Intermediate.  They connect students and their families to critical community resources that are tailored to meet each family’s individual needs. 

After School

  • Afterschool Enrichment programs provide a safe place for 80 students.  They receive homework help, a healthy snack, and enrichment activities.

In the Community

  • Family Resource Centers help 300 families with food and clothing assistance, emergency financial assistance, and parent workshops.
  • Project POWER/AmeriCorps provides mentoring and enrichment activities to more than 1,000 youth living in Buncombe County.


In addition to direct services, Children First/CIS also provides advocacy and community education. Through the Success Equation we raise awareness of, and develop sustainable solutions for issues affecting children and families.