Wake County SmartStart, Inc.

4901 Waters Edge Drive, Suite 101
Raleigh, NC 27606
(919) 851-9550
(919) 851-9530 (fax)


Wake County Pre-K Program
The Wake County Pre-K program serves at-risk children and prepares them for success in school. Children in Pre-K attend a full school day, full school year program. The program is integrated with other early childhood programs in the community. Children participating in the Pre-kindergarten program may be served in licensed classrooms in the public schools, child care facilities or Head Start programs.

Quality Enhancement Initiative in Child Care Facilities 
The Quality Enhancement Initiative provides on-site consultation to one to three star licensed facilities in Wake County. Services offered include on-site technical assistance, training, consultation, plan development, and professional development for child care providers through consultation.

Quality Maintenance Initiative in Child Care Facilities 
The Quality Maintenance Initiative provides on-site consultation to four to five star licensed facilities including technical assistance, training, consultation, plan development, and professional development referrals for child care providers. 

2014-2015 Quality Enhancement Initiative Application (Click here)
2014-2015 Quality Maintenance Initiative Application (Click here)
Quality Enhancement and Maintenance Initiative FAQs (Click here)

Program Coordination and Evaluation
In an effort to build the capacity of communities and families to prepare children for success in school and in life, Wake County SmartStart Program Coordination and Evaluation experts work with community stakeholders to develop activities to achieve the goals, objectives and outcomes articulated in the Wake County SmartStart strategic plan. Staff provide support and expertise and oversee other roles such as preparing community needs assessments, managing the Request for Proposal processes and participating in the development of staff funding recommendations. Staff also work with partners to develop annual evaluation plans and track implementation and outcomes for all funded activities; conduct partner site visits to assess progress toward program goals; participate in strategic planning; gather and analyze relevant data; and report findings to the North Carolina Partnership for Children (NCPC) and others as required and/or requested.


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."