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Places of worship surround many families in our community with needed support. Parents and family members look to faith leaders for spiritual guidance in addressing life’s joys and challenges. Raising young children can certainly be filled with both! WCSS welcomes the opportunity to partner with the faith community and support their work with families of young children.

Raising children with a strong sense of faith is tied to healthy social and emotional development. Learning how to share, be empathetic and compassionate are all skills learned in the early years. Quality early education encourages this development along with providing a foundation for all future learning. 

Faith leaders are committed to helping young children as a calling of faith, as a component of supporting families and as mentors fostering their community growth. WCSS can support that role. Read about how faith leaders in other parts of the country are taking the lead on this issue.

“Everybody can be great. Because anybody can serve. You don’t have to have a college degree to serve. You don’t have to make your subject and your verb agree to serve, you don’t have to have a degree in thermodynamics in physics to serve. You only need a heart full of grace. A soul generated by love.”

-Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Volunteering: Putting Faith into Action

Volunteer projects enrich the lives of young children and offer faith members a way to put faith into action. See this example of community members in action during Keller Williams’ May 2015 RED Day of Service in Wake County.

Ready to get started? Visit our Volunteer Project Idea Bank and then complete the Volunteer Application when you’re ready.

Places of worship can also lead fundraising efforts and work with WCSS on matching gift campaigns. If your place of worship would like to make a donation to help us support more children, click here or contact Phyllis Barbour / (919) 723-9271.

Annual Faith Breakfast

Faith Breakfast (Community Portal)

The annual Faith Breakfast is designed specifically for faith leaders to learn about early childhood issues and promising strategies of response. Since 2013, the breakfast has been bringing together a diverse group to hear about early development, community supports for young children and how leadership peers are taking on challenging issues.

The 3rd Annual Faith Breakfast is planned for April 12th, 2016, from 8:30 – 10:30AM. The Keynote is “Millennials: Innovating Parenting” presented by Robin Roberts, Southeast Regional Support Specialist with Parents as Teachers. The event will include an Early Childhood Resource Fair during the breakfast hour. If you are a faith leader in our community, we invite you to view the Faith Breakfast invitation HERE and register. Due to limited space and its special focus, this event is not open to the general public.

Faith Circle

The Faith Circle is a forum for ongoing faith leader engagement. The circle meets twice a year to take up early childhood care, education and wellbeing topics related to places of worship. The circle is part of the Champions for Children program that engages community leadership in creating brighter futures for young children.

Want to learn more about how the faith community can support learning opportunities for young children in need? WCSS is happy to meet with you to discuss our work or come and make a presentation at your place of worship. Our team is available on nights and weekends when your members are present. Contact Nikki McDougald, Community Outreach Coordinator at nmcdougald@wakesmartstart.org or call (919) 723-9292 to be added to the annual Faith Breakfast invitation list or to discuss the Faith Circle.

Additional Resources

Making the case for faith engagement in early childhood education

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