South Carolina Head Start Collaboration Office

The South Carolina Head Start State Collaboration Office is located in the South Carolina Department of Social Services, Division of Child Care and Early Education Services.

Child Care Services is committed to working parents throughout the state to promote quality care. Their focus is ensuring that children are healthy and safe in licensed child care facilities and helping parents access affordable quality care. They manage all state and federal child care programs and services as the single point of contact for federal child care dollars in South Carolina.

The First Steps to School Readiness Board is the state Advisory Council. By way of an executive order, the Head Start Collaboration director is a member of the Council. In addition, a South Carolina Head Start Collaboration Advisory Committee is in place and functioning.


  • South Carolina State Head Start Association
  • TEACH Advisory Board
  • State Oral Health Coalition
  • The Sleep Coalition
  • Children’s Trust Fund Home Visitation Team
  • Interagency Coordinating Council for Disabilities
  • Early Learning Standards
  • Child Care Technical Assistance Provider (TAP) Program
  • South Carolina Head Start Professional Development Roundtable
  • Eat Smart, Move More South Carolina
  • Family Literacy Coalitions
  • 4K


  • Ensuring a comprehensive infrastructure by which children with special needs and their families can transition from infant/toddler programs to preschool to school.
  • Engendering a comprehensive, clear understanding of early care opportunities focusing on the highest standards.
  • Working toward a more literate South Carolina in preparation for school readiness, work, and life.
  • Facilitating an integrated, comprehensive South Carolina early care professional development system.
  • Ensuring Head Start's continued involvement in systems inclusive of full-year and extended day care, home visitation, foster care, oral health, and a focus on military families.
  • Ensuring the inclusion of regional priorities inclusive of abuse and neglect prevention, expanded violence prevention trainings, continued fatherhood coalition partnerships, disaster preparedness and readiness, along with family strengthening and community service awareness.
  • Ensuring Head Start’s inclusion in healthy living and obesity prevention goals.

Outcomes and Successes

  • Institutionalized a statewide oral health summit now in its 12th year.
  • Focused on quality, which resulted in Head Start centers constituting over 60 percent of the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) accredited centers in the state.
  • In partnership with the State Department of Health and Environmental Control, arranged for oral health federal and foundation grants to deliver Oral Health 101 classes, preschool and infant toddler oral health kits for all programs, and oral health marionette theater presentations to programs.
  • For the past 15 years, there has been a Child Care and Development Fund (CCDF) Head Start set-aside resulting in full-year, extended day opportunities for Head Start children and families. These opportunities can be with partner child care centers or at the grantee site.
  • Accessed West Ed scholarships in partnership with University of South Carolina and the Child Care Services Quality Improvement Office for 10 years.
  • Provided yearly joint training with McKinney-Vento school district liaisons.
  • In conjunction with the State Technical Education System, designed what is now a system-wide 27 hour early care certificate program inclusive of Child Development Associate (CDA) competencies. These hours serve as the foundation for an AA degree.
  • In partnership with the technical education system, four-year public and private institutions of higher learning, and Child Care Services, developed agreements so that up to 15 hours can be transferred to degree programs in accredited South Carolina colleges and universities.
  • Maintained a partnership with the South Carolina Community Action Partnership Association that ensured access to forum and work group venues as well as workshops and training tracks at statewide, state-level conferences.
  • Co-sponsored of the South Carolina Association for the Education of Young Children Leadership Day.
  • Designated as a Safe Family/Safe Home train the trainer state, resulting in domestic violence and sexual assault interdisciplinary training for representatives from every grantee.
  • Maintained of memberships in family literacy coalitions.
  • Continued involvement with the Early Childhood Coordinating Systems Grant Office (ECCS) resulted in enhancing the system of pediatric medical homes, social-emotional health partnerships, and parenting support.
  • Maintained a state Head Start Health Network comprised of Head Start health and disabilities staff. Medical and dental homes have been strengthened and a network-generated Head Start Early and Periodic Screening, Diagnostic, and Treatment (EPSDT) completion tip sheet has been provided for participating physicians. This group also mirrors, at a state level, the Head Start Health Advisory Committee.
  • Ensured Head Start's inclusion on the public and private sides of 4K.
  • Assisted in ensuring a Head Start presence on local First Steps School Readiness Partnership Boards.

For more information visit:
South Carolina Head Start Association:
South Carolina Association of Community Action Partnership:

South Carolina Directories and Resources:

General Directories and Resources:

Last Updated: March 24, 2015