How to Apply for SY 2023-2024

Interested in applying for the 2023-2024 school year?

To be considered for Wake ThreeSchool for the 2023-2024 school year, your child must be 3 years old on or before August 31, 2023.

Wake ThreeSchool is prioritized for families with low incomes (within 75% of the State Median Income) and the following priority groups:

  • Children with documented health or learning issues
  • Children with Individualized Education Programs (IEPs)
  • Children that speak a language other than English at home
  • Children with parents/guardians who are active-duty members of the armed forces

How to apply for SY 2023-2024:

1.Apply Online Here


2. Print the application and mail or fax it in

Choose your application to print:

You will need to attach this supporting information to your online or printed application:
  1. Copy of your child’s birth certificate
  2. Proof of residence: copy of current signed lease or current utility bill (“current” is defined as being dated within 3 months of the application submission)
    • If you reside with another individual/family: attach a signed and dated statement from the homeowner/leaseholder in addition to a current utility bill (electricity/water/gas)
  3. Proof of all household income: please provide documentation of the following for each parent/guardian/child- employment income, child support, alimony, SSA/SSI/WorkForce/TANF, unemployment, or Workers Comp/Disability.

Additional Income Documentation Forms:

Wake ThreeSchool Statement of No Documentation of Income/Estado de No Documentación de Ingresos

Wake ThreeSchool Employment Verification Form – English

Formulario de Verificación de Empleo de Wake ThreeSchool


  1. Optional Documentation (please note that Wake ThreeSchool may assign additional priority points if documentation is provided for the following):
  • Copy of child’s Individualized Education Plan (IEP)
  • Documentation of parent/guardian’s military service (includes current active duty and serious injury/death resulting from military service)
  • Chronic illness (child’s health assessment or note from medical provider indicating the child’s chronic illness)
  • Copy of child’s current educational/developmental screenings or evaluation(s) indicating a developmental or educational needs

You can mail or fax your application and supporting information (see list above) to:

Wake ThreeSchool Application Center
Wake County Smart Start
4901 Waters Edge Drive, Suite 101
Raleigh, NC 27606

Or Fax – 919-851-9530