Apply to Wake Pre-K


All assignment notifications will be emailed.
If you applied by July 15, you will be notified by email on August 16.
If you applied July 16-July 31, you will be notified by email on August 18.
If you applied after July 31, you will be notified by email mid-September.


WCSS will continue to accept applications for Wake County Pre-Kindergarten (Pre-K) Programs for this fall – making placements for NC Pre-K and Head Start at this stage of the application cycle. Our deadline for accepting applications for Title I is now closed. Wake County 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 2021-22 Wake County Pre-K programs, your child must be 4 years old on or before August 31, 2021.

You have two ways to apply:

  1. Apply ONLINE today!
  2. Print the application and mail it in.

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, 2020 IRS 1040, unemployment/social security benefits letter or copies of all W-2s from 2020. (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

For additional questions, please call 919-723-9283 or email Taty Padilla, Pre-K Outreach Assistant.

Pre-K placements are made based on program specific factors, not on a first-come, first-served basis. Wake County 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.

Additional Information

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