Raising young children is both challenging and amazing. If you need help, there are services that can support your role as a parent. Wake County Smart Start funds programs that assist families in preparing their children for Kindergarten.

Supporting Families

Life moves fast when children are little. The most rapid period of human development happens between birth and age five. Your child’s experiences during these early years will shape how they learn later. You can help your child build a strong foundation for future success. Learn more about why early childhood is such an important period of life.

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Related Programs

Reach Out and Read

Reach Out and Read trains health care providers to support and engage parents about the importance of reading aloud and to prescribe books to children at wellness check-ups beginning at birth to five years of age, with a special focus on children growing up in poverty.

Imagination Library

Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library mails a free high quality, age-appropriate book to children in Wake County every month from birth to age 5 to encourage a love of reading and readiness for kindergarten.

Wake Connections

Wake Connections is a coordinated intake and referral system that connects families with high quality home-based programs.

Triple P - Positive Parenting Program

The Triple P – Positive Parenting Program is a parenting and family support system designed to prevent–as well as treat–behavioral and emotional problems in children by creating family environments that encourage children to realize their potential.

Nurse-Family Partnership

Nurse-Family Partnership is a free, voluntary program that partners first-time moms with nurse home visitors.

Parents as Teachers

Parents as Teachers (PAT) services are offered to children from birth to age 5 who need help preparing for success in school.

Social/Emotional Interventions for Young Children

SecurePath is a comprehensive mental health service for young children in Wake County that is provided at the child’s home or preschool.

The Nurturing Program for Spanish Speaking Families

This 15-week family education program blends child-rearing information with social supports to strengthen Spanish-speaking families living in Wake County.