“Brains are built, not born.”

-Dr. Jack Shonkoff, Harvard University

$1 invested TODAY in early learning saves $7 in future spending.

The number of children under 5 in high-quality child care has tripled since 2001.

Children enrolled in early education programs are less likely to be placed in special education programs.

  • Family Portal

    Help build your child’s brain! Get connected to child care, preschool, parenting information and more.

  • Early Childhood Professional Portal

    Locate resources to build professional skill and enhance the quality of services you deliver to young children.

  • Community Portal

    Learn why EVERYONE has a stake in early childhood education…and find out how YOU can make a difference.

Sep 21 2017
Wake Pre-K Walk-In Application Event

Is your child ready for Kindergarten? Wake Pre-K offers parents this walk-in event where families of children turning age four

Sep 27 2017
WCSS Executive Committee
Lower level conference room, 4901 Waters Edge Drive, Ste. 101, Raleigh

This is a standing board committee meeting.  For more information, contact Nancy Peck (919) 723-9275 or email npeck@wakesmartstart.org

Sep 28 2017
Young Child Mental Health Collaborative Meeting

Latest Updates

Memorial Gifts for Scholarship Fund

Help give a disadvantaged child the opportunity to succeed by making a gift to the WCSS Scholarship Fund.

WCSS Receives Federal Funds to Ensure Children Start Kindergarten Healthy

WCSS will receive $400,000 over four years and will be able ensure that more children are healthy as they begin Kindergarten.

Apply for Wake Pre-K Every Thursday – No Appointment Needed

WCSS hosts a walk-in application event every Thursday from 2-4 P.M. at our office. Bring your application and required documents.

Volunteer with WCSS

Looking to make a difference for young children in our community? Need a place to start? Visit our Volunteer Bank for project ideas that you can do individually, with your colleagues or faith/civic group.