About Us

Our Mission:

Wake County SmartStart is a nonprofit organization with the mission to build the capacity of families and the community to prepare children for success in school and in life. Officially formed in 1996, Wake County SmartStart works to improve the quality, accessibility and affordability of child care, provide preventive health and early intervention services and offer family support services.

Together, community volunteers, staff members, child care providers, schools, organizations, and local businesses all strive to realize SmartStart's mission and build a strong foundation for children's learning and development beginning at birth.

We believe that:

  • Learning begins at birth;
  • All children deserve the best opportunities for learning and development;
  • Families and communities play a critical role in children's learning; and
  • Collaboration is essential to accomplish our vision.

Core Values

Wake County SmartStart is guided by a set of core values. These core values define what is important to us as an organization and are the basic elements of how we go about our work. Our core values affect how we interact not only with our community's children and families, but also with each other.


Research shows that funding birth to five programs is the best way to maximize taxpayers' investments in education. Wake County SmartStart works diligently to support quality early child care services to families and children in the most need.