Apply to Wake Pre-K

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. Learn more about how to apply below.


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.

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

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

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.