Apply to Wake Pre-K


Tuesday, August 9
WCSS office: 4901 Waters Edge Drive, #101

Every Thursday, 1:00pm-4:00pm
WCSS office: 4901 Waters Edge Drive, #101
For more info. about these events contact Anna Gallo: agallo@wakesmartstart.org


Wake Pre-K programs are publicly funded. They prepare children for school by using a program that enhances children’s physical, social, emotional, and intellectual development. To be considered for 2022-23 Wake Pre-K programs, your child must be 4 years old on or before August 31, 2022.

How to apply for 2022-2023:

1. Apply Online Here


2. Print the application and mail it in or drop off at our office, 4901 Waters Edge Dr., on Thursdays, 1pm-4pm.

Choose your application to print:

You will need to attach this supporting information to your online or printed application:

  • Copy of your child’s birth certificate
  • Proof of residence* (current light/water bill and lease agreement or statement from homeowner)
  • Proof of all income: Please provide pay stubs for each employed family member/parent/guardian, child support, retirement, worker’s compensation, statement from supervisor, 2021 IRS 1040, unemployment/social security benefits letter or copies of all W-2s from 2021. (If you get paid weekly, submit four consecutive pay stubs; bi-weekly/twice monthly, submit two consecutive pay stubs; monthly, submit two full month pay stubs.) If “0” income is reported on your application, please click here to print a Pre-K Statement of Zero Income form to complete and submit with your application.
  • Documentation of child’s additional needs (ex. parents in military service, developmental, educational or chronic health concerns)

*Reside with another family?  Bring a notarized statement from the homeowner and a copy of their current light/water bill.

You can mail your application and supporting information (see list above) to: 

Wake Pre-K Application Center
Wake County Smart Start
4901 Waters Edge Drive, Suite 101
Raleigh, NC 27606

Wake Pre-K placements are made based on program specific factors rather than a first come, first served basis. Wake Pre-K classrooms are located in public schools, in Head Start centers and in high quality child care facilities. Participation is voluntary.

Only complete applications can be processed for NC Pre-K.

Questions? 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)

For additional questions, please call our office at (919) 851-9550

Additional Information: WAKE THREESCHOOL

NEW! Do you have a child that will be 3 years old by August 31, 2022?
If so, your child may be eligible for Wake ThreeSchool. Click HERE to learn more.