Find and Get Help Paying for High-Quality Child Care
Wake County SmartStart partners with community agencies that help you find and afford child care. First, consider what high-quality care really means:
What is “high-quality child care?”
At WCSS, we believe that high-quality early care and education promotes positive child outcomes through:
- Nurturing and responsive learning communities that promote trusting relationships
- Engaging and positive interactions with children, families and staff
- Inclusive and safe play environments with opportunities for physical, social-emotional, language and cognitive skill development
- Teaching strategies that address the varying abilities of each child
- Practices that respect diversity
What does this mean to you as a parent?
Programs that are high-quality:
- Teach in a way that meets the individual needs of your child
- Encourage positive interaction and foster trusting relationships among your child, your family and child care teachers and staff
- Offers a safe play environment that allows your child to develop skills
- Respect diversity
One of our goals is to help families connect to resources that can help children ages birth to five be successful in school…and in life.
Here are some tools to help you
- Help finding a child care center (Child Care Services Association) English Spanish
- Do you qualify for financial assistance (Child Care Subsidy)? English Spanish
- A checklist of questions to bring when you visit a child care center
- Other information on what to look for in a program
- Not eligible or on the waiting list for Pre-K – what now?