“…every dollar invested…produces a 7 percent to 10 percent return, per child, per year.”

Nobel Laureate economist James Heckman


Few things offer a better return on investment than early childhood development for disadvantaged children.

High-quality early childhood care and education prepares children for success in school and in life. Help us reach children with the greatest need by making your gift today.

  • $50 buys a set of indestructible books for busy toddlers
  • $100 will enable a teacher to attend a professional development class
  • $500 provides materials and plants to start a fruit and vegetable garden at a child care center
  • $875 provides one month of high-quality Pre-K classroom learning

Donations may be designated for one of the four support areas below by emailing  Gary Carr, WCSS Director of Finance or call 919-723-9273. We’ll then watch for your gift and apply it appropriately.

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Thank you for helping build a brighter future for young children!

WCSS is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit. Your donation is tax deductible.

 Financial information about Wake County SmartStart and a copy of its license are available from the State Solicitation Licensing Branch at 1-888-830-4989. The license is not an endorsement by the State.