While Wake County SmartStart receives contributions from individuals and corporations, the bulk of the organization’s funding comes from the State of North Carolina. The North Carolina legislature appropriates funds to the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services. The Department of Health and Human Services, through the Division of Child Development, appropriates that funding to the North Carolina Partnership for Children (NCPC) which in turn provides funding to local partnerships, including Wake County SmartStart, throughout North Carolina.


Wake County SmartStart funds vital services in early care and education, social/emotional intervention, and family support, all of which make a difference for more than 15,000 of our county’s youngest citizens, their families and child care providers.

For the 2013-2014 fiscal year, Wake County SmartStart is funding 9 partner agencies managing 16 activities, including the Wake NC Pre-K program, formerly known as More at Four.


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.