Safe & Healthy Environments

A nurturing environment directly affects a child’s healthy development, as it influences a child’s brain architecture. As such, all children have the right to live in nurturing environments, safe from fear, and to have access to the health care, mental health services, dental care and preventive services they need to thrive and grow into healthy, productive and independent adults. It is for these reasons Wake County SmartStart supports partner agencies which offer early intervention services, preventive medical care, parenting support groups, and parenting classes and home visits.

428 child care providers reported an increase in knowledge as a result of  technical assistance and educational opportunities available to them.


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."