“Brains are built, not born.”

-Dr. Jack Shonkoff, Harvard University

$1 invested TODAY in early learning saves $7 in future spending.

The number of children under 5 in high-quality child care has tripled since 2001.

Children enrolled in early education programs are less likely to be placed in special education programs.

  • Family Portal

    Help build your child’s brain! Get connected to child care, preschool, parenting information and more.

  • Early Childhood Professional Portal

    Locate resources to build professional skill and enhance the quality of services you deliver to young children.

  • Community Portal

    Learn why EVERYONE has a stake in early childhood education…and find out how YOU can make a difference.

Sep 27 2016
Learn Every Day - Supporting Developmentally Appropriate Practice
Wake County SmartStart, 4901 Waters Edge Drive, Upstairs Training Room #204, Raleigh, NC 27606

Training is open to all Wake County child care professionals.  2 contact hours available
Fee: $10 per participant.  Space is limited.

Sep 28 2016
Executive Committee

This is a standing board committee. Meeting participation is limited to committee members only. For more information about this committee,

Sep 28 2016
Wake Connections Advisory Committee
Contact Sasha Gomez for location

Community advisory group for the Wake Connections system and Community of Practice for Wake County home visiting programs. Open


Latest Updates

Tar Heel of the Week: WCSS’s own Pam Dowdy

Executive Director Pam Dowdy honored as the Tar Heel of the Week by the News & Observer- read more below!

Apply for Wake Pre-K Every Thursday – No Appointment Needed

WCSS hosts a walk-in application event every Thursday from 2-4 P.M. at our office. Bring your application and required documents.

Farm to Child Care

Farm to Child Care providing healthier, local food options for little growing bodies. Read the News & Observer article here.

County Commissioners Vote to Increase Early Childhood Funding

Brighter futures are ahead for more young children after Wake County Commissioners vote to invest additional funding in NC Pre-K.