Wake County Public School System

501 S. Boylan Avenue
Raleigh, NC 27603
(919) 856-7774
(919) 508-0810 (fax)

Parents as Teachers Home Program

Based on a nationally-recognized model, Parents as Teachers (PAT) services are offered to children birth to 5 years who are at risk for school failure. The program includes monthly or bi-weekly home visits, family education groups, periodic screening and referrals to other resources.

Supporting School Readiness

The Supporting School Readiness Program works with children and their families in the year prior to entry into kindergarten. 

The Getting Ready for Kindergarten (GR4K) Program offers rising kindergartners the opportunity to attend a facilitated playgroup session using the Second Step Early Learning Program. Sessions are free and available at multiple sites in Wake County beginning in October 2014. Participants will attend a total of 28 sessions, one session per week from October to May. During the sessions, parents/caregivers stay on site and are able to meet with a parent educator for group discussions focused on how best to prepare their children for kindergarten. Families with limited income who have an upcoming kindergartner without preschool/childcare experience may apply to participate in this program. For more information, please contact Sherri Lambeth at 919-664-7789.

Wake County Public Schools
Office of Early Learning
Crossroads II
110 Corning Road
Cary, NC 27518
Jennifer DeRoche
(919) 852-3319/431-7725

WAKE Up and Read - School Readiness

The WAKE Up and Read  - School Readiness effort is focused on coordinating and aligning early literacy efforts in Wake County. Through collaboration with community agencies and partners, resources and opportunities focused on increasing early literacy skills of young children are developed and shared. 

The WAKE Up and Read collaborative meets regularly to share programming, research and funding information. By communicating and planning with organizations doing similar work, the system of response on early literacy work is more efficient.


The social, educational and economic benefits for investing in our future workforce are so clear that the U.S. Chamber of Commerce released a 2010 report saying, "Early childhood education has a tremendous impact on the national viability of the American dream."