“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.

Jan 24 2017
Creech Road Elementary Ready to Learn Center

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

Jan 25 2017
Executive Committee
Lower level conference room, 4901 Waters Edge Drive, Ste. 101, Raleigh

This is a standing Board committee.  For more information about this committee, please contact Nancy Peck at (919) 723-9275 or

Jan 25 2017
Wake Connections Advisory Committee
Contact Sasha Gomez for location

Community advisory group for the Wake Connections system and Community of Practice for Wake County home visiting programs. Open


Latest Updates

FY 2017-18 Request for Proposals

WCSS is preparing for the next three year funding cycle! Find more information on Bidders’ Conferences and RFP application requirements here.

Welcoming the 2016-2017 Slate of Officers

Join us as we celebrate the newly elected officers, re-elected members, and new members of the WCSS Board of Directors.

Duke Studies the Virtues of Preschool

Investing in early learning… it works and it’s worth it! New research from Duke shows that programs like NC Pre-K give children a leg up on education and help to close the learning gap.

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.