“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.

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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.

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    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.

Apr 25 2018
WCSS Board of Directors
Wake County SmartStart, 4901 Waters Edge Drive, Upstairs Training Room #204, Raleigh, NC 27606

This a regular meeting of the Wake County SmartStart Board of Directors.  For more information, please contact Nancy Peck at

Apr 26 2018
Young Child Mental Health Collaborative Meeting
Apr 26 2018
Wake Pre-K Walk-In Application Event
Wake County SmartStart

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


Latest Updates

Join WCSS for a Storybook Play Date!

Join us April 14th from 9-11am for a Storybook Play Date at Marbles Kids Museum! Storytime, book giveaways, & more!

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!

April 2018 Newsletter is Out!

Check out our latest newsletter updates and join our mailing list to be in the know!

2018-2019 NC Pre-K Application Now Available!

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