Wake County Quality Supplement Program

In October, 2014, a newly revised Wake County Quality Supplement program went into effect for 4- and 5-star Wake County child care providers hosting children birth-5 on child care subsidies from Wake County Human Services (WCHS). Program changes emerged from research and consultation in the community on how best to support quality in facilities that serve children on subsidy. Wake County SmartStart is contracting with Child Care Services Association (CCSA) to help administer the program.

Wake County SmartStart and CCSA are pleased to announce the continuation of the Wake County Quality Supplement Program for 2017-2018.  July 2017 marks the beginning of a new, three-year funding cycle with Wake County Smart Start, and as a result, there have been some changes to the Quality Supplement program from prior years.  Changes include an updated rate structure, with higher rates for facilities with 7 Teacher Education points, and an opportunity for facilities that choose to participate in eligible CLASS® activities to receive an additional payment.

**NOTE: New applications are no longer being accepted for the 2017/2018 year.  Please stay tuned for applications for the 2018/2019 program year later in June.**


Wake County SmartStart and CCSA welcome your participation in the Wake County Supplement Program for 2017-2018.  For more details about the program, please see our Program Overview.

In order to apply for the 2017-2018 program year, providers must complete and submit the following materials:

Supplement rates for the 2017-2018 program year can be found on this information sheet.

Information on an additional one-time payment available to participants engaging in CLASS®-based quality improvement efforts can be found here.

Please be aware that Wake County Smart Start (WCSS) has an additional fiscal contract for all Quality Supplement participants that must be completed prior to payments. These documents will be distributed and collected once participants have been approved for participation.

For more information about the application process and the upcoming program year, please use the following resources:

  • Handout of the PowerPoint presentation conducted at our in-person Information Session, held on Monday, June 19.
  • Video of the online informational webinar conducted on Thursday, June 22.

Questions are also welcomed by the Quality Supplement staff at the contact information listed further below.


If you have questions or wish to receive further information by mail or email, please contact us at the following:



Please check back on this webpage periodically. Updates, reminders, new documents and resources will be posted here regularly.