Wake County SmartStart

Wake County Smart Start (WCSS) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Our mission is to build the capacity of families and the community to prepare children for success in school and in life.


Our Beliefs

WCSS believes that each child has the potential to do great things! We also believe:

  • Learning begins at birth
  • All children deserve the best opportunities for learning and development
  • Families and communities play a critical role in children’s learning
  • Collaboration is essential to accomplish our vision

Our Core Values

WCSS is guided by a set of core values that define what is important to us as an organization and are the basic elements of how we go about our work. These core values affect how we interact not only with our community’s children and families, but also with each other.

What We Do

WCSS works to improve the quality, accessibility and affordability of child care, provide preventive health and early intervention services and offer family support services—all delivered as part of a strong, diverse integrated early childhood system.

Our work is truly collaborative. WCSS’ funded partners provide direct services for children and their families. Community volunteers, staff members, child care providers, schools, civic organizations and local businesses all strive to realize WCSS’ mission and build a strong foundation for children’s learning and development beginning at birth.

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4901 Waters Edge Drive, Suite 101
Raleigh, NC 27606 

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(919) 851-9550

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