It’s not too late! Still accepting Wake Pre-K applications for 2019-20 school year! Click here to apply!

Seeking proposals for development of intensive home-based services programs! Click here to see RFP and apply.

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Jul 23 2019
Wake Pre-K Application Event
Academically Based Child

(FREE Pre-K for 2019-20 school  year)

Jul 24 2019
WCSS Executive Committee
WCSS Conference Room, 4901 Waters Edge Dr., Ste. 101

This is a standing board committee meeting.  For more information, contact Nancy Peck (919) 723-9275 or email

Jul 25 2019
Wake Pre-K Walk-In Application Event
Wake County Smart Start, 4901 Waters Edge Drive, Upstairs Training Room #204, Raleigh, NC 27606

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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NIEER Report Calls for Increased NC Pre-K Funding & Expanded Access

As Wake County’s NC Pre-K administrators, we support this call to enroll more children in this high quality, life-changing program!

July Building Blocks: Who Run the World? Girls (& Women of Early Childhood)!

Check out this month’s issue of Building Blocks, Wake County’s early childhood newsletter!

Home-Based Services Targeted RFP

WCSS seeks proposals for development of intensive home-based programs to increase capacity of available services and relieve waitlists.

May Early Childhood News: Raising Babies in Wake

What does it take to prepare a child for school and life in Wake County?