“Brains are built, not born.”

-Dr. Jack Shonkoff, Harvard University

$1 invested TODAY in early learning saves $13 in future spending.

The number of children under 5 in high-quality child care has tripled since 2001.

Sign up your child today!

Click here to register or use the green APPLY button in the upper right.

Children enrolled in early education programs are less likely to be placed in special education programs.

  • Family Portal

    Help build your child’s brain! Get connected to child care, preschool, parenting information and more.

  • Early Childhood Professional Portal

    Locate resources to build professional skill and enhance the quality of services you deliver to young children.

  • Community Portal

    Learn why EVERYONE has a stake in early childhood education…and find out how YOU can make a difference.

Aug 16 2018
Wake Pre-K Walk-In Application Event

Is your child ready for Kindergarten? Wake Pre-K offers parents this walk-in event where families of children turning age four

Aug 22 2018
WCSS Board of Directors Meeting

This a regular meeting of the Wake County Smart Start Board of Directors.  For more information, please contact Nancy

Aug 23 2018
Young Child Mental Health Collaborative Meeting

This is a community collaborative that meets regularly at WCSS. The meeting is open to collaborative members only. Contact Anna


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Latest Updates

Wake County Smart Start Rebrands!

Welcome to the new look of Wake County Smart Start!

WCSS Launches Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library!

Registration is open for ANY child under five years old living in Wake County to receive FREE books!

August 2018 Newsletter Released!

Check out the August issue of the Building Blocks newsletter!

2018-2019 NC Pre-K Application Now Available!

WCSS is now accepting NC Pre-K applications for the 2018-2019 school year!