WCSS 20th Anniversary Celebration

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In 1996, visionaries in Wake County set out to establish Wake County SmartStart, intent on mobilizing a community of partners focused on one goal: getting young children ready for Kindergarten and life beyond. The research was just emerging, but was promising — when children that need support are reached early, they flourish. Now, with hundreds of studies showing the long term benefits, early education investments are regarded as the keystone strategy for building better educational and quality of life outcomes.

Thousands of children later, we come together to reflect on the work of those 20 years, and what lies ahead. Our 20th Anniversary Celebration reflects the diversity and breadth of our work. Whether you are a policymaker, a parent, a business, civic or faith leader, an early educator or lead a nonprofit, we have an event that will match your interest:

 

Saturday, April 1
4 - 6 PM
At the home of Jack Nichols and Carol Spruill

An intimate gathering celebrating the visionaries that founded WCSS in 1996 and the leaders that will take us forward.

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Wednesday, April 5
12 - 2 PM
JC Raulston Arboretum

A keynote luncheon highlighting 20 years of successful partnerships and the unveiling of WCSS's Strategic Plan.

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Saturday, April 22
9 - 11 AM
Marbles Kids Museum

A family-friendly event, with free admission to first 500 attendees!

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Thursday, April 27
Reception 6:30 PM. Dinner: 7:30PM
Raleigh Convention Center

An evening celebrating 20 years of early education successes featuring music, dinner and a raffle.

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Saturday, April 1
4 - 6 PM
At the home of Jack Nichols and Carol Spruill

An intimate gathering celebrating the visionaries that founded WCSS in 1996 and the leaders that will take us forward.

Learn More RSVP
Wednesday, April 5
12 - 2 PM
JC Raulston Arboretum

A keynote luncheon highlighting 20 years of successful partnerships and the unveiling of WCSS's Strategic Plan.

Learn More Register
Saturday, April 22
9 - 11 AM
Marbles Kids Museum

A family-friendly event, with free admission to first 500 attendees!

Learn More Free to first 500!
Thursday, April 27
Reception 6:30 PM. Dinner: 7:30PM
Raleigh Convention Center

An evening celebrating 20 years of early education successes featuring music, dinner and a raffle.

Learn More Buy a Ticket

Join us in our month-long celebration — looking back on twenty years of early learning partnerships — and looking forward to building a brighter future for young children.

Interested in becoming a sponsor? For more information, please contact Phyllis Barbour at pbarbour@wakesmartstart.org.