“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 6 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

Oct 11 2016
20th Anniversary Planning Committee
Wake County SmartStart, 4901 Waters Edge Ct.Ste. 101, Lower level conference room, Raleigh, NC 27606

For more information about this committee, please contact Phyllis Barbour at (919) 723-9271 or pbarbour@wakesmartstart.org

Oct 13 2016
Finance Committee
Wake County SmartStart, 4901 Waters Edge Dr., Ste. 101, Lower level conference room, Raleigh, NC 27606

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.