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Wake ThreeSchool Overview

The following information can be found to help navigate applying for Wake ThreeSchool programs for the 2022-2023 & 2023-2024 school years.

Please verify that you are reviewing the correct information and using the correct link for the corresponding school year for which you are applying. 

Wake ThreeSchool is a new early learning program for Wake County three-year-olds that opened its classrooms for the first time for the 2022-2023 school year.

This new program provides early education to young children in a play-based, dynamic environment, similar to the nationally recognized NC Pre-K program. Research shows when three-year-old children receive support for learning early, they learn better, gain stronger skills and are better prepared for success in Pre-K and Kindergarten ahead. This is because at age three, a child’s brain is building connections rapidly in a way that is unique to this time of life. This “framework” is what all future learning is built upon.

SY 2022-2023 Wake ThreeSchool Sites

Please note that this list is subject to change for SY 2023-2024.

  • ABC Land 2
  • Academically Based Child Care Center
  • A Safe Place- Clarendon
  • A Safe Place- Crosslink
  • Bright Beginnings Child Development Center
  • Child Care Network #125
  • The Happy Face
  • Wakefield Creative School

For a map view of all Wake ThreeSchool sites, please click here.

The Wake ThreeSchool Program is only available for eligible Wake County residents. Please click here for additional verification regarding Wake County residency.

DEFINITION OF TERMS

The below chart contains the terms frequently used in communication regarding your child’s Wake ThreeSchool application.

Term Definition
Priority Group Wake ThreeSchool may assign additional priority points for children who meet the criteria and provide complete documentation for these groups. These groups include children who have/are:

  • an Individualized Education Plan (IEP)
  • a limited English proficiency
  • a chronic health condition
  • a developmental or educational need
  • a child of an eligible military family

Please note that meeting the criteria for one or more priority groups does not  guarantee placement in the Wake ThreeSchool program.

Priority Deadline All applications that have been submitted and are completed by May 31, 2023 will be considered for the first round of placement. All applications that are submitted or completed after this date will be considered on a rolling basis as slots become available.

Please note that if your application has been submitted by 05/31/23 but is incomplete/missing documents, your application will not be able to be considered for the first round of placement.

Eligible Family has a gross household income that is at or below 75% of State Median Income for the family size and/or meets one or more of the following criteria:

  • Individualized Education Plan (IEP)
  • Limited English Proficiency
  • Chronic Health Condition
  • Developmental or Educational Need
  • Child of eligible military family

Please note that eligibility does not guarantee placement in the Wake ThreeSchool program.

Ineligible Family has a gross household income that is above 75% State Median Income and does not meet criteria for any priority groups.
Waitlist Family has a gross household income that is at or below 75% State Median Income but there are no open slots available.

OR

Family has a gross household income that is above 75% State Median Income and meets the criteria for one or more of the priority groups but there are no open slots available.

Denied Family has applied to Wake ThreeSchool and is ineligible due to reasons including but not limited to:

  • Family is not a resident of Wake County
  • Child is not age eligible for the program
Under Review Wake ThreeSchool staff is reviewing the submitted application to determine if further documentation or information is needed to process the application and identify if the child is eligible/ineligible.
Final Review The application has been fully processed by Wake ThreeSchool staff. The family will be contacted about their placement decision (placed/waitlist) in June 2023.
Missing Documents The Wake ThreeSchool application has been submitted, but additional required documents are needed for the application to be considered complete. The application cannot be reviewed/processed by Wake ThreeSchool staff while the application is missing documents.
Incomplete The Wake ThreeSchool application has been submitted, but information and/or documentation is missing from the application. The application cannot be reviewed/processed by Wake ThreeSchool staff while the application is incomplete.

Next Steps

If you have specific questions about Wake ThreeSchool, please contact: Melissa Radice-Peguero, Wake ThreeSchool Program Assistant, at wtsapp@wakesmartstart.org