To our community: We hope that you will find resources on this page if you need them. We are here to support you throughout the year, but especially during this time of the COVID-19/coronavirus spread. You can find resources and links below for locations across Wake County. We will attempt to keep the community resources on this page as up to date and accurate as possible. We will make changes and updates as we become aware of them.
Wake County Smart Start takes the health of our community seriously. Our office is closed effective March 16 – March 31. Our staff can still be reached directly through email. For questions about our partner programs, we recommend you reach out directly to the program itself. Updates about NC Pre-K, including classroom closures, application events, and how to apply, can be found on the Wake Pre-K page.
Please keep your health and the health of your children and families a priority. Make sure to follow NC Department of Health & Human Services and Centers for Disease Control (CDC) guidelines as closely as possible.
Note about Wake Pre-K: Please visit the Wake Pre-K page for information about Wake’s Pre-K programs, applications for the 2020-21 school year, and closures.
Accessing Wake County Human Services
Because people are encouraged to stay home and avoid crowded places, Wake County has shared some ways that residents can access services without coming to Human Services buildings. Here is a list of Wake County facility closures.
Food & Nutrition Services
Child Care Subsidy
The National Association for the Education of Young Children (NCEYC) has a brief survey for those who are part of an early childhood education program. If you are facing financial and/or health impacts from the spread of the coronavirus, up to and including the closure of your program, please share your story. Survey link here.
Online Courses (Open-Enrollment and Self-Paced)
Frequently Asked Questions about COVID-19 for Child Care Providers from NC DHHS | LINK
NC DHHS Recommendations for Child Care Centers | LINK
Guidance for Child Care Providers from NC DCDEE | PDF Link
Options to Purchase Food for Child Care Programs
Waiver Request Form for Centers Participating in CACFP | LINK
COVID-19 Safety Resources for Child Care Programs from Child Care Services Association | LINK
Letter to Child Care Program Leaders from Susan Perry, Chief Deputy Secretary at NC DHHS | LINK
Assistance connecting to tele-therapy available 24/7 from Alliance Health | Call 1-800-510-9132
Managing Anxiety and Stress from the CDC | LINK
Self-care strategies for teachers | LINK
Practicing self-care during the coronavirus pandemic | LINK
Resources, links, and self-assessments about self-care, particularly for educators | LINK
The Power of Mindfulness | LINK
Mindful Parenting | LINK
Mindfulness: How and why it works | LINK
Mindfulness and meditation guidance | LINK
Online yoga workshops | LINK
Daily online yoga classes | LINK
Inspiration and meditation | LINK
Relaxing and zen radio stations | LINK
Motor & Movement
Arts & Crafts