25th Anniversary Backup

Join Wake County Smart Start as we celebrate 25 years of partnerships and progress for young children.
Our season of celebration includes virtual workshops for providers and families and an evening celebration and fundraiser event featuring keynote speaker, Sonia Manzano, also known as Maria from Sesame Street. See below to register for the webinars and for more information about our evening fundraiser.


Creating A Welcoming Table For Families
February 10th, 1:00 pM – 2:30 pM

An important piece of family engagement and leadership is to create opportunities where families feel welcome, valued and included. The good news is that organizations have a choice about the kinds of tables they create. With thought and pre-planning, organizations and programs can create tables that make family leaders feel empowered and excited to be a part of the process. Join us for this workshop to learn strategies to make your family engagement and leadership work a success! Facilitation provided by MomsRising.

Please register in advance.  After registering, you will receive an email about how to join the webinar. For more information contact: Alejandra Livas-Dlott at alivas-dlott@wakesmartstart.org or 919.723.9286.

Your Voice: Your Power
Using Your Story For Change

February 24th, 10:00 aM – 11:30 aM ENGLISH

From managing sibling conflict to choosing snacks to serve at school to getting a second opinion from a doctor, we are constantly making change for the sake of our kids and loved ones. We can also advocate for policy and program change to make our communities, state, and country a better place for children, parents, caregivers, and families.

Another way to promote change is by telling our stories and sharing our experiences. Join us for this interactive webinar to learn more about using your voice for change! Facilitation provided by MomsRising.

Please register in advance. After registering, you will receive an email about how to join the webinar.  For more information contact: Alejandra Livas-Dlott at alivas-dlott@wakesmartstart.org or 919.723.9286

Tu Voz: Tu Poder
Usar Tu Historia Para El Cambio

February 25th, 10:00 aM -11:30 aM ESPAÑOL

Desde manejar el conflicto entre hermanos hasta elegir refrigerios para servir en la escuela y obtener una segunda opinión de un médico, constantemente estamos haciendo cambios por el bien de nuestros hijos y seres queridos. También abogamos por el cambio de políticas y programas para que podamos hacer de nuestras comunidades, estado y país un lugar mejor para los niños, los padres, los cuidadores y las familias.

Otra forma de promover el cambio es contar nuestras historias y compartir nuestras experiencias. ¡Únase a nosotros en este seminario web interactivo para obtener más información sobre cómo usar su voz para el cambio! Facilitación proporcionada por MamásConPoder.

Por favor regístrese con anticipación. Después de registrarse, recibirá un correo electrónico sobre cómo unirse al seminario web. Para obtener más información, comuníquese con: Alejandra Livas-Dlott en alivas-dlott@ wakesmartstart.org o 919.723.9286.


Building Bright Futures:
An Evening Celebrating Partnerships And Progress For Children

May 14th, 2022
6:00pm – 9:00pm
Raleigh Convention Center *
Keynote: Sonia Manzano (“Maria” on Sesame Street)

Join us for a festive evening fundraiser to build awareness of our varied programs and to celebrate our partnerships and success stories over the past 25 years.


*The health and safety of our community is a priority so we continue to closely monitor the COVID-19 pandemic. If necessary, we have plans to move this to a virtual event.

For information about evening event sponsorships, contact Jennifer MacPherson at jmacpherson@wakesmartstart.org