Pre-K lights the pathway of success for young children, giving them the tools and resources they need to thrive.

Wake Pre-K Application Center

Click HERE to apply for 2022-2023

Wake Pre-K: The way to grow, learn, and play!

Is your child ready for Kindergarten? The Wake Pre-K Application Center is your link to FREE, safe, and fun Pre-K program options! Participating programs include NC Pre-Kindergarten (NC Pre-K), Title I, and Head Start.

Help your child get ready for Kindergarten

Centers across the county are ready to help your child grow, learn, and succeed – SAFELY. All centers follow CDC and state guidance and are ready to WELCOME your child.

Let us answer your questions about Wake Pre-K

Watch our step-by-step videos about Wake Pre-K:

VIDEO: What is Wake Pre-K? (English)
VIDEO: What is Wake Pre-K? (Spanish)
VIDEO: How to Apply? (English)
VIDEO: How to Apply? (Spanish)

The Wake County Pre-K programs operate across Wake County with smaller class sizes to prepare children for Kindergarten. Programs begin assigning children with highest priority as early as June, but many placements are not complete until August.  Placements are not guaranteed and are based on eligibility criteria. Click here to see if your child is eligible to apply for FREE Pre-K.

The Wake Pre-K Application Center is housed at Wake County Smart Start. Families wishing to apply complete ONE initial application through the Pre-K Application Center to be considered for NC Pre-Kindergarten, Title I, Head Start and Child Care Subsidy. Click here to learn more about Wake Pre-K programs.

Questions? Call our office at 919-851-9550.


Additional Information

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