Raising young children is both challenging and amazing. If you need help, there are services that can support your role as a parent. Wake County SmartStart funds programs that assist families in preparing their children for Kindergarten.

Supporting Families

Life moves fast when children are little. The most rapid period of human development happens between birth and age five. Your child’s experiences during these early years will shape how they learn later. You can help your child build a strong foundation for future success. Learn more about why early childhood is such an important period of life.

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Related Programs

Wake Connections

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

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.

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.

Supporting School Readiness

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

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.

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.