“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.

Oct 26 2016
Board of Directors Meeting
Wake County SmartStart, 4901 Waters Edge Drive, Upstairs Training Room #204, Raleigh, NC 27606

This a regular meeting of the Wake County SmartStart Board of Directors.  For more information, please contact Nancy Peck at

Oct 27 2016
Young Child Mental Health Collaborative Meeting
Wake County SmartStart, lower level conference room
Oct 27 2016
Wake Pre-K Walk-In Application Event
Wake County SmartStart, 4901 Waters Edge Drive, Suite 101, Raleigh, NC

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


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.

Attend Candidate Forums to Ask About Early Childhood Education

Find an upcoming public Candidate Forum and take the opportunity to ask candidates about their stance on early childhood education.