Smart Start of Buncombe County

Whether you are an early childhood educator looking for a workshop, a school-age provider seeking homework tips, a family member looking for child care, or a member of the Smart Start Board of Directors wanting to confirm the location of the next board meeting, we hope you will find our website a helpful resource.

Our mission is to strengthen the capacity of educators, families, and the community to build a strong foundation for children's learning and development beginning at birth.

Please Join Us In Welcoming Gwen Wisler to our Board!

Gwen Wisler is the owner of Asheville Profits, LLC. Asheville Profits provides business consulting services to established businesses; the clients pay for services by contributing time or money to local non-profits. Prior to moving to Asheville, Gwen was business woman -- CEO for the Coleman Company, First Alert and Powermate among others. Although Gwen has no children of her own, she appreciates that children need to be stimulated and nourished early in life and beyond to help them succeed. Gwen is currently serving as a City of Asheville Councilwoman. She enjoys jogging, cycling and volunteering for non-profits.

There are only 2,000 days between the time a baby is born and when that child shows up for the first day of kindergarten. Experiences during these 2,000 days have a lasting impact on later learning, health and success. That is because children’s earliest experiences literally determine how their brains are wired; lay the groundwork for future health; and form the foundation of the social and emotional skills needed for academic and workplace success.

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