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Feb 21 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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Feb 26 2019
Wake Pre-K Walk-In Application Event
Southeast Regional Library

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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Feb 27 2019
WCSS Board of Directors Meeting
Wake County Smart Start, 4901 Waters Edge Drive, Upstairs Training Room #204, Raleigh, NC 27606

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

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Latest Updates

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!
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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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February 2019 Early Childhood News Released!

Check out this edition of our quarterly newsletter – all about the power of play!

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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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