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 20,000 of our county’s youngest citizens, their families and child care providers.
For the 2011-2012 fiscal year, Wake County SmartStart is funding 10 partner agencies managing 15 activities, including the Wake Pre-K program, formerly known as More at Four.