WAKE Up and Read

Wake County Public School System


Wake County Public Schools
Office of Early Learning
WAKE Up and Read
Crossroads II
110 Corning Road
Cary, NC 27518


(919) 852-3319
(919) 431-7725

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WAKE Up and Read is a collaborative effort to engage and educate Wake County about the importance of childhood literacy and to increase access to literacy resources and opportunities for all children. By partnering with community agencies and partners, resources and opportunities focused on increasing early literacy skills of young children are developed and shared.

The WAKE Up and Read collaborative meets regularly to share programming, research and funding information. By communicating and planning with organizations doing similar work, the system of response on early literacy work is more efficient.


Want to learn more about the WAKE Up and Read program? Please call 919-852-3319 or email wakereads@gmail.com

Have a question about book drives? Please call 919-431-7207.



WAKE Up and Read is partially funded by Wake County SmartStart and is managed by the Wake County Public School System Office of Early Learning.

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