About

Funded Programs

Supporting Families

Wake Connections

Wake Connections is a coordinated intake and referral system that connects families with high quality home-based programs.

Imagination Library

Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library mails a free high quality, age-appropriate book to children in Wake County every month from birth to age 5 to encourage a love of reading and readiness for kindergarten.

Reach Out and Read

Reach Out and Read trains health care providers to support and engage parents about the importance of reading aloud and to prescribe books to children at wellness check-ups beginning at birth to five years of age, with a special focus on children growing up in poverty.

Triple P - Positive Parenting Program

The Triple P – Positive Parenting Program is a parenting and family support system designed to prevent–as well as treat–behavioral and emotional problems in children by creating family environments that encourage children to realize their potential.

Nurse-Family Partnership

Nurse-Family Partnership is a free, voluntary program that partners first-time moms with nurse home visitors.

Parents as Teachers

Parents as Teachers (PAT) services are offered to children from birth to age 5 who need help preparing for success in school.

Social/Emotional Interventions for Young Children

SecurePath is a comprehensive mental health service for young children in Wake County that is provided at the child’s home or preschool.

The Nurturing Program for Spanish Speaking Families

This 15-week family education program blends child-rearing information with social supports to strengthen Spanish-speaking families living in Wake County.

Improving Child Care Quality

Shape NC

Shape NC: Healthy Starts for Young Children promotes healthy eating and active learning through play for children from birth to age 5 by assisting communities in healthy endeavors.

Child Care Subsidy Program

The Wake County Child Care Subsidy Program provides financial assistance to parents for their child care needs for families based on an assessment of need, income and family size.

Farm to Child Care

The Farm to Child Care program supports child care facilities, fostering nutrition plans that include fresh, local produce for snacks and meals throughout growing seasons.

Improving and Sustaining Quality Child Care

Improving and Sustaining Quality Child Care is a program in the Quality Enhancement Department within Wake County Smart Start.

Child Care Program Quality Supplements

Child Care Program Quality Supplements provide monthly supplement payments to eligible four- and five-star centers and homes that serve children on subsidy to maintain or incentivize improvement in program quality.

Child Care Health Consultant Program

The Child Care Health Consultant Program provides on-site health, safety, and nutrition consultation in child care facilities.

Advancing School Readiness

Advancing School Readiness has two components. Directors can apply to participate in the Wake Directors’ Leadership Academy or the Accreditation project.

Encouraging Healthy Development and School Readiness

NC Pre-Kindergarten

NC Pre-K provides children with a high-quality classroom program to help four-year olds get ready for Kindergarten. Children attend Pre-K for 6.5 hours each day, Monday through Friday.

School Readiness Services for Hispanic Children

School Readiness Services for Hispanic Children & Families serves Hispanic families with young children in Wake County. It is a multifaceted program that builds early literacy skills, and provides screenings, information and referrals.

Assuring Better Child Health and Development (ABCD)

ABCD is an evidence-informed intervention and nationally-recognized model that trains pediatric primary care physicians and their staff to perform routine developmental and autism-specific screenings and connects children ages birth to 5 years old with specialized therapies and other early interventions services.

Home Instruction for Parents of Preschool Youngsters (HIPPY)

HIPPY is a FREE 3-year, home-based, early childhood education program that supports parents while providing solutions that strengthen families.

Strengthening the Early Childhood System of Care and Education

System Improvement and Public Engagement

System Improvement and Public Engagement staff work with community stakeholders to strengthen and support the early childhood system of care and education.

Program Coordination and Evaluation

Program Coordination and Evaluation staff work with community stakeholders to plan, develop, implement, and evaluate funded activities to achieve the goals, objectives, and outcomes identified in the Wake County Smart Start strategic plan.