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May 31 2018
Wake Pre-K Walk-In Application Event
Wake County SmartStart, 4901 Waters Edge Drive, Upstairs Training Room #204, Raleigh, NC 27606

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

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May 31 2018
Wake Pre-K Missing Documents Event
Wake County SmartStart, 4901 Waters Edge Drive, Upstairs Training Room #204, Raleigh, NC 27606

If you have already submitted your Wake Pre-K application, but you have received a postcard notifying you that there are

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Jun 7 2018
Wake Pre-K Walk-In Application Event
Wake County SmartStart, Lower Level Conference Room #101

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

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May 2018 Early Childhood News Released

Wake County leading the way in early childhood!

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WCSS Launches Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library!

Registration is open for ANY child under five years old living in Wake County to receive FREE books!

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May 2018 Newsletter is Out!

Check out the May 2018 Building Blocks issue!

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2018-2019 NC Pre-K Application Now Available!

WCSS is now accepting NC Pre-K applications for the 2018-2019 school year!

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