Kindergarten Readiness

Wake County Pre-K Program

The Wake County Pre-K program is a high-quality pre-k program that serves children who are at risk by preparing them for success in school and in life. Pre-kindergarten is a research-proven strategy for school readiness. Children served by the Wake County Pre-K program attend a full school day, full school year program that meets high-quality state standards. The program is integrated with other early childhood programs in the community and in Wake County is administered by Wake County SmartStart. Children participating in Pre-K may be served in classrooms in the public schools, licensed child care centers or Head Start programs.

Project Enlightenment: Supporting School Readiness

Project Enlightenment is an early childhood education and intervention program of the Wake County Public School System serving teachers and parents of young children, birth through kindergarten. The Supporting School Readiness Program works with children and their families in the year prior to entry into kindergarten. The program also works with childcare centers, family childcare homes and elementary schools as they prepare for the transition into kindergarten. Read more about the Supporting School Readiness program.

Telamon Corporation: Family Literacy Program

The Telamon Corporation Family Literacy Program has two components: a parenting skills series and a home visitation program which focuses on literacy skills. Professionals facilitate a 10-week parenting skills series and an interpersonal problem-solving skills program for parents with children birth to 5. During the 10-week home visitation program the instructor will model reading techniques for the parent and child. Each week the instructor will bring three books and activities which the parent can use between home visits.

Wake County Ready to Learn Centers

Ready to Learn Centers are a collaboration of the Wake County Public School System, Wake County Human Services and community agencies. One of our goals is to encourage the healthy development and educational success of all children. Another is to increase the capacity of families to serve as primary nurturers, teachers and advocates for their children.


The development of a child's brain holds the key to the child's future. Although the "first years last forever" in terms of the rapid development of young children's brains, the actual first years of a child's life go by very quickly. So touch, talk, read, smile, sing, count and play with your children. It does more than make both of you feel good. It helps a child's brain develop and nourishes the child's potential for a lifetime.