Creating a runway for success for Wake County’s youngest children.
Wake ThreeSchool is a new early learning program for three-year-olds that will open classrooms in the fall of 2022.
This new program will provide early education to young children in a play-based, dynamic way, like the nationally recognized NC Pre-K program. Research shows that when three-year-olds 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.
In the first year of the program (July 1, 2021 – June 30th, 2022) Wake ThreeSchool will hire initial staff, assess community need, review research on best practices, and gather community input as we build this unique program. The program will open a limited number of classrooms in the fall of 2022, serving up to 100 children.
Why Wake ThreeSchool is needed
Wake ThreeSchool will expand publicly funded services for three-year-olds – an identified need. Currently low-wealth families who need help to access early learning programs can seek Child Care Subsidy assistance. However, Child Care Subsidy does not support all the families with three-year-olds who need it, and the early learning programs families are linked to are not part of an integrated system of Pre-K preparation for Kindergarten. Wake ThreeSchool will use an intensive model, specific curriculum, and shared measures for success. The program bridges the gap in publicly funded services for children that have aged out of the State’s infant-toddler services and not yet eligible or NC Pre-K and in turn improves the outcomes for children’s learning.
Are you an early childhood program that currently serves three-year-olds? You may have interest in this specialized page that offers information relevant to professionals and allows for your input as the program is developed.
If you have specific questions about Wake ThreeSchool, please contact Carol Orji, Wake ThreeSchool Manager, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Wake ThreeSchool is funded by Wake County Government and managed by Wake County Smart Start.
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