Daycamps & Childcare Solutions

Please note that the resources on this page were developed and collected during the 2020-2021 school year. Please stay tuned for updated resources.

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The pandemic has caused disruption in many areas of our lives, including our workplaces and homes. We're assembling this local list of daycamps, daycares, preschools, and childcare centers that are currently open to give our families options as we navigate this time together.

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Learn about the state and federal Child Care Subsidy Program that assists eligible parents with the costs of childcare.

NCDHHS Covid-19 Response

NCDHHS Childcare Hotline: Families and caregivers in need of childcare for children up to age 12 can call the NC Dept. of Health and Human Services child care hotline at 1-888-600-1685 to be connected directly to care options in their community that meet their families’ needs. Visit the NCDHHS website for more information.

  • Art in the Afternoon is an arts-based after school program in Black Mountain, North Carolina, serving students in grades K-5. The program focuses on visual art and character building, and has operated for 13 years. Learn more on the program Facebook page or contact the director by email.

  • The Asheville Museum of Science is hosting school day camps for first through sixth-graders Monday-Friday, 8:15am to 2:30pm, with after school hours available for an additional fee. Cost per week is $225 for non-members and $200 for members. Each class will have its own area for learning within the museum and a supportive AMOS Educator to facilitate remote learning. Students will be placed in smaller groups (approximately 2-3 kids) based on grade level. Learn more on the AMOS website, sign up using an online form. Call 828-254-7162 or email with questions

  • Asheville Sun Soo Martial Arts will be hosting a Learning camp from 8 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. with options for early drop-off and late pick-up. The facility will be set up like an academic school environment with tables and chairs to facilitate school curriculum learning. 12 school hour days per month are available at a cost of $475/month and unlimited days per month for $775/month. Visit the Asheville Sun Soo website for additional information about Learning Camp.

  • Camp Good News, located on a 15-acre site on Maranatha Road in Fairview, will serve a maximum of 25 students from ages 7-16 beginning Monday August 17. The facility will remain open for students Monday through Friday of each week, from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. and will serve breakfast and lunch as well as snacks. WiFi is available for remote learning use by students. The cost for full-day students is $150.00 peer week, and the cost for after-school students is $75.00 per week, with some scholarships available for those in need. For more information , please contact Gerry Kumpf at 828-242-7260 or

  • Center Stage Dance Studio is offering a Virtual Classroom for students in grades 2 through 8. The Center Stage Virtual Classroom (CSVC) program will be open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. - 3 p.m. beginning on August 17th. CSVC will provide a safe and inspiring environment to facilitate your child’s learning during the 2020-2021 school year. Please visit the Center Stage website or call (828) 654-7010 for more information about Virtual Classroom.

  • Creative Village, a five-star childcare center, is located in Swannanoa at 20 Cavalier Lane and serves children from 6 weeks to 5 years old, Monday through Friday from 6:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Snacks are served and price is dependent on age. Parents can contact the center via phone at 828-581-0070 or through email for more information.

  • The newly constructed Donald Collins Early Learning Center at 120 West Street in Black Mountain will be open for children by August 24, 2020. They welcome all families and are dedicated to providing a safe, nurturing, and loving atmosphere, with a developmentally appropriate education. The early childhood program for children six weeks through five-years of age will be open from 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. each weekday. School aged children can attend a program from 7:30am until 1:30 p.m., with an extension program available until 5:30 p.m. K-2 teaching assistants will be available to assist students with their remote classwork and costs vary per age. Please visit their Facebook page for more information or call 828-669-6617.

  • Elevate Life and Art will be offering after-school and all-day care this fall for K-5 students starting August 17, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. - 6 p.m. Each child will have their own learning space in order to complete schoolwork, eat, and practice safe social distancing measures. There will be structured, personal care provided by kind and consistent staff. An afternoon snack, learning breaks, and homework assistance are provided. The cost is $135 per week per child, with scholarships, part-time rates, daily rates, and sibling discounts available, in addition to an after-school pick-up and care option. Learn more about these After-School and All-Day Child Care programs.

  • Evolve Early Learning in West Asheville will open on Sept. 8 offering "personalized and in-person program options that focus on the social, emotional, and cognitive development of your child. We have a Collective Care Agreement that protects our bubble. We have small classes and dedicated teacher-leaders. School hours are 7:45 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. with aftercare from 3:00-5:30 p.m. We provide a healthy lunch from Laughing Seed. We are private pay and take subsidies. In some cases, we can offer virtual learning support." Learn more by visiting, emailing, or calling 828-367-5077.

  • Kathy's Kiddieland on East State Street, Black Mountain, is open for children ages 2 - 12 from 6 a.m. until 5 p.m. on weekdays for a weekly cost of $125. Remote learners are welcome to bring their student-assigned devices. Learn more by calling 828-357-5674 or visit their Facebook page.

  • Outdoor Adventure Kids (OAK) at The North Carolina Arboretum is "an outdoor, safety- first approach to exploring the natural world with other kids. The North Carolina Arboretum's team of expert environmental educators are excited to resume in-person instruction for youth ages 6-9 years old with new weekday drop-off programs. Limited Registration is now open and new options will be announced as they are available. Visit the NC Arboretum website for more information and to register online.

  • Riveter in Mills River provides active day camps and after school activities for students ages 6 through 15. Full Day camps are 8am - 3pm and after school activities are 12:30pm-5:30pm, with varied costs depending on the program ($280/week, $225/5 days, or $400/10 days). Call (828) 676-2566, email, or visit their website.

  • Roots and Wings School for Art and Design's Visual Arts preschool has morning, in-person programming, for kids age 3-6 that promotes early development through the exploration of various forms of art. For families with 3-6 year olds at home, our Roots + Wings Little Wings is a monthly Innovative Pre-K Creative Cultivation Curriculum that allows learning through creative experiences at home with materials delivered to your door. Roots + Wings also has virtual ANYtime Creativity Camps which include a unique kit of art materials, for kids as young as age 3 to grade 8 to explore different themes and projects at your own pace throughout the school year.

  • The Snow Hill United Methodist Church Child Enrichment Center provide child care for preschoolers each day from 6:30 a.m. until 5:30 p.m. Learn more on their website or call (828) 667-1171.

  • Trinity of Fairview will hold an Academic and Afternoon Camp this fall from 7:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. for a cost of $200 per child per week. The program will host a maximum of 25 kindergarten through sixth grade students. Please call Brianna Huntley at 828-628-1188 (Extension 214) to learn more and reserve your child's spot.

  • The YMCA of Western North Carolina has committed to enhancing their childcare options in order to serve more BCS families. In addition to its onsite after-school programs, the Y will offer full-day care at the YMCA Youth Services Center at Beaverdam and the Reuter Family YMCA during plan B weeks. During Plan C the Y will operate “School’s Out” locations in the Roberson, Reynolds, Enka, and North Buncombe districts for Buncombe County Schools. Please call the YMCA at 828-251-5910 to register.

  • At the YWCA of Asheville, children enrolled in kindergarten through fifth grade who are currently learning virtually will have access to a safe learning environment with WiFi access, meals (breakfast, lunch, and snack), outdoor activities and crafts, while guardians work. Available Monday - Fridays, 7:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. with a $433 monthly fee. Learn more on this informational flyer or on the YWCA website.

  • The Verner Center for Early Learning is a nonprofit agency providing quality, affordable early care and education to over 300 children – birth to five years old – throughout Buncombe County, North Carolina. Please call one of their three locations for information on availability and pricing. Learn more at

    • Verner Central (27 Cordova St., Asheville) - 828-348-7540

    • Verner East (2586 Riceville Rd., Asheville) - 828-298-0808

    • Verner West (89 Old Candler Town Rd., Candler) - 828-670-7300

  • Beginning August 17, Zaniac in Asheville will be open from 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. Monday - Friday, with the Zaniac Learning Lab (8 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.) and After-School STEM Club (2:30 p.m. - 5 p.m.) for kids in grades 1-8. Discounts are available with multiple weeks. Visit the Zaniac back-to-school website, call 828-575-0355, or email for more information.

Here is a map of all licensed childcare facilities in Buncombe County, provided by the Buncombe Partnership for Children website. (Each "pin" includes a link to the childcare center’s web site or Facebook Page.)

Please note: BCS has not vetted, and does not endorse or sponsor, these local organizations. This page is maintained as an informational service to local families who need childcare options.