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

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  • Community Portal

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

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Oct 19 2017
Wake Pre-K Walk-In Application Event

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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Oct 25 2017
WCSS 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

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Oct 26 2017
Young Child Mental Health Collaborative Meeting
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Latest Updates

RFA for the Dolly Parton Imagination Library

Wake County SmartStart is accepting applications for managing the Dolly Parton Imagination Library. Please review the RFA to learn more.
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WCSS Receives Federal Funds to Ensure Children Start Kindergarten Healthy

WCSS will receive $400,000 over four years and will be able ensure that more children are healthy as they begin Kindergarten.

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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 with WCSS

Looking to make a difference for young children in our community? Need a place to start? Visit our Volunteer Bank for project ideas that you can do individually, with your colleagues or faith/civic group.

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