School System & Day Care Options

School Systems and Daycare Options

Wake County Public Schools

The city of Raleigh is part of Wake County in North Carolina. Wake County has a comprehensive public school system for your child and school enrollment instructions are posted on their website. Public schools are schools largely funded by the County and the State of North Carolina, which means that the education does not include annual fees for your child to attend.
In addition to public schools, there are also private, charter and international schools in and around the city of Raleigh. These schools usually charge an annual tuition fee for your child’s attendance. For more information, please visit:

Other Helpful Links:

Wake County Public Libraries: To promote the love of reading and to foster the pursuit of knowledge for the residents of Wake County.
Carolina Parent: For activities, events, news for kids all ages around the area.
Family activities in and around Raleigh
The Marbles Kid’s Museum
Other Museums in Raleigh

Day Care Options

If you are looking for a day care facility for your child, Raleigh offers many options. To learn more about which questions to ask, how day care centers are rated and licensed in North Carolina, please visit this website. At this time, the City of Raleigh does not offer one website in which all day care centers in the city are listed. The above link provides some help in finding centers based on the State’s rating system. The most practical option at the moment is to use a search engine to give you a list of the day care centers close to your home and start your review process from  that point. 

NC State also has a relationship with several local day cares but please note that some of the offered discounts are only available to people employed by NC State.  Visit this university webpage for more information. 

RightTime KiDs Drop-In Child Care is a local day care option for parents with the occasional or even unexpected need for childcare.  NC State has negotiated a special discount for university employees (faculty, staff, postdocs) and students and their closest facility is conveniently located just 1 mile from campus.

Meredith College will has also agreed to make available spaces at their Wings After School Program open to NC State employees and students.  This program provides after school care for children aged 5-12 years old.  Additional information can be found on the Meredith College website.  Spaces are limited.