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Increase Kindergarten Readiness

Focus Area: Educated & Capable Community



Goal: Enhance early childhood educators' ability to provide high quality early childhood education through the Preschool Outreach Program (POP)

Goal Description: "North Carolina’s early childhood education system relies on evidence-based programming and practices to increase children’s school readiness. The Preschool Outreach Program (POP) of Buncombe County Public Libraries provides support services that align with early literacy standards and practices recognized by the state of North Carolina, North Carolina Pre-Kindergarten, and Head Start programs. Specifically, POP supports the strategies for Reading outlined on pages 109-110 in the North Carolina Foundations for Early Learning and Development published by the North Carolina Department of Early Education. Buncombe County will work to increase the number of early childhood education classrooms receiving POP services by 29 classrooms (100%) by the end of the 2025 fiscal year.

Reporting Frequency: Quarterly Reporting Period: Quarterly

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Goal: Ensure performance of Early Childhood Education grantees meets contract criteria

Goal Description: Buncombe County Early Childhood Education and Development Fund provides grants to local organizations for the purpose of advancing the strategic priority to ensure that every child in Buncombe County has an equal opportunity to thrive during their first 2,000 days, including access to quality early childhood education. Performance measures are used to track progress of the services each grantee is providing. The pandemic has impacted many organizations’ ability to provide some of their services and the current baseline and targets reflect this. The goal is that by FY2025 90% of all grantee’s will be achieving the performance targets specified in their contracts.

Reporting Frequency: Annual Reporting Period: Q4

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Rafael Baptista

Strategy & Innovation Department
200 College Street
Asheville, NC 28801

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