“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.

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

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Sep 1 2016
Wake Pre-K Walk-In Application Event
Wake County SmartStart, 4901 Waters Edge Drive, Suite 101, Raleigh, NC, United States

Is your child ready for Kindergarten? Wake Pre-K offers parents this walk-in event where families of children turning age four

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Sep 8 2016
Finance Committee
Wake County SmartStart, 4901 Waters Edge Dr., Ste. 101, Lower level conference room, Raleigh, NC 27606

This is a standing Board committee. For more information about this committee, please contact Nancy Peck at (919) 723-9275 or

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Sep 8 2016
Faith Circle Meeting
The Methodist Home for Children

Open to Faith Leaders, Pastors, Youth Ministers, Church Youth Directors, Imams, Rabbi and Retired Clergy.
The meeting will include an

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Latest Updates

Parents and Families: Babies’ First Teachers

Home is where the heart is — and where learning for a lifetime begins. Help your baby learn and grow!
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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.
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Volunteer Opportunities

There are many ways to support young children through volunteer efforts. Visit our Volunteer Page to get started!
 

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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.
 
 
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