“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.

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

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Nov 22 2018
Thanksgiving
Wake County Smart Start, 4901 Waters Edge Drive, Suite 101, Raleigh, NC, 27606

WCSS offices are closed.

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Nov 23 2018
Day after Thanksgiving
Wake County Smart Start, 4901 Waters Edge Drive, Suite 101, Raleigh, NC, 27606

WCSS offices are closed.

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Nov 29 2018
Wake Pre-K Walk-In Application Event
Wake County Smart Start

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

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Wake County Smart Start Rebrands!

Welcome to the new look of Wake County Smart Start!

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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!

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November 2018 Newsletter Released!

Check out the November issue of our Building Blocks newsletter!

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The Infant-Toddler Educator AWARD$ Program is Here!

Teachers who work full-time with infants, ones, and twos, apply now!

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