“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 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

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

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


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!

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.

Volunteer Opportunities

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

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.