About

Funded Programs

Supporting Families

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

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 SmartStart.

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.

LINKS (Literacy Invites and Nurtures Kids' Success)

Through LINKS, early childhood educators receive literacy training. Following training, each early childhood educator will also receive three to seven individual, on-site mentoring visits.

Child Care Health Consultant Program

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

Administrator/Quality Development Project

The Administrator Quality Development Project 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.

Reach Out and Read

Reach Out and Read Carolinas (ROR) is part of a national evidence-based model program that builds on the relationship between parents and medical providers to develop critical early reading skills in children, by making it a standard part of regular pediatric check-ups.

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.

Supporting School Readiness

The Supporting School Readiness Program works with children and their families in the year prior to entry into kindergarten.

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

Wake Connections

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

Community Outreach and Education

Community Outreach and Education (COE) works to distribute information and increase access to services for families of young children as well as raise awareness regarding the value of high-quality early care and education.

Program Coordination and Evaluation

Wake County SmartStart Program Coordination and Evaluation staff work with community stakeholders to develop activities to achieve the goals, objectives and outcomes articulated in the Wake County SmartStart strategic plan.

WAKE Up and Read

The WAKE Up and Read – School Readiness effort is focused on coordinating and aligning early literacy efforts in Wake County.