“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 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

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

Oct 26 2017
Young Child Mental Health Collaborative Meeting

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.

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.

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 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.