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What is the Head Start Collaboration Office?

As noted in the Head Start Act, all states and two territories host a Head Start Collaboration Office. Funded by the Office of Head Start these offices are located in state agencies or state-designated sites to “facilitate collaboration among Head Start agencies and agencies that carry out activities designed to benefit low-income children from birth to school entry and their families”.

These offices provide a structure and process for the Office of Head Start to work with state agencies and local entities to leverage common interests around children and their families. Collaboration Offices assist in formulating, implementing and improving state and local policy and practice.

Mary Lynn Diggs serves as the South Carolina Director and Wanda Davis as the Program Assistant. The South Carolina Head Start Collaboration Office is located at the South Carolina Department of Social Services (DSS). The state works in conjunction with a state Head Start Collaboration Committee for oversight with/for this grant. In addition to the activity listing, this office maintains an up-to-date directory of South Carolina Head Start grantees and conducts a South Carolina Head Start Census in December & May of each year.

Collaboration Activities and Partnerships:

  • Disabilities Agreement Update
  • Services to Homeless
  • Pre-K Alignment
  • Head Start Awareness
  • Family Literacy
  • Technical Assistance
  • TEACH
  • NAEYC/SCAEYC
  • Articulation task Force
  • Center for Child Care Career Development (CCCCD) Task Force
  • Extended Day Agreement
  • Infant/Toddler Training
  • Home Visitation
  • Foster Care/Child Welfare
  • Early Childhood Comprehensive System (EPSDT, Medicaid)
  • Oral Health Coalition
  • Military Families Programs
  • Family Violence Prevention
  • Fatherhood Initiative
  • Disaster Preparedness
  • Healthy Living

Contact Information

Mary Lynn Diggs, Director

SC Head Start Collaboration Office
1535 Confederate Ave., Room 312
Columbia, SC 29202

Phone: (803) 898-2550
Fax: (803) 898-4458
Email: Mary.lynne.diggs@dss.sc.gov or Wanda.davis@dss.sc.gov

Head Start Programs by County

To view contact information for your Head Start Program, select your county below.

Oconee Pickens Anderson Greenville Spartanburg Cherokee York Chester Lancaster Kershaw Lee Sumter Calhoun Orangeburg Bamberg Barnwell Allendale Hampton Jasper Beaufort Charleston Dorchester Berkeley Georgetown Williamsburg Florence Darlington Dillon Marion Horry Chesterfield Marlboro Clarendon Colleton Union Laurens Abbeville Greenwood McCormick Edgefield Aiken Saluda Lexington Richland Newberry Fairfield

Head Start Contacts

GLEAMNS Head Start & Early Head Start
P.O. Box 1326
Greenwood, SC 29648
Phone: (864) 223-8434
Fax: (864) 223-9456

GLEAMNS EARLY HEAD START
1401 25 Bypass Southeast
Greenwood, SC 29646
Phone: (864) 223-9748
Fax: (864) 223-9792

Head Start Contacts

Family YMCA of Greater Augusta Head Start Academy
945 Broad Street
Augusta, GA 30901
Phone: (706) 922-7891
Fax: (706) 723-1773

Head Start Contacts

OCAB CAA Head Start & Early Head Start
P.O. Drawer 710
Orangeburg, SC 29116-0710
Phone: (803) 536-1027
Fax: (803) 536-4657

South Carolina First Steps
Early Head Start Partnership

636 Rosewood Dr.
Columbia, SC 29201
Phone: (803) 734-0479

Head Start Contacts

Children and Families Development
SHARE Head Start & Early Head Start

P.O Box 10204
Greenville, SC 29603
Phone: (864) 233-4128
Fax: (864) 295-6151

SHARE Early Head Start
Phone: (864) 235-5829
Fax: (864) 235 5833

Ms. Rebecca Brown, Director
South Carolina First Steps Early Head Start Partnership

1300 Sumter Street, Suite 100
Columbia, SC 29201
Phone: (803) 734-3296
Fax: (803) 312-4532

Head Start Contacts

OCAB CAA Head Start & Early Head Start
P.O. Drawer 710
Orangeburg, SC 29116-0710
Phone: (803) 536-1027
Fax: (803) 536-4657

South Carolina First Steps
Early Head Start Partnership

636 Rosewood Dr.
Columbia, SC 29201
Phone: (803) 734-0479

Head Start Contacts

Family YMCA of Greater Augusta Head Start Academy
945 Broad Street
Augusta, GA 30901
Phone: (706) 922-7891
Fax: (706) 723-1773

Head Start Contacts

Beaufort/Jasper EOC Head Start & Early Head Start
P.O. Box 2296
Beaufort, SC 29901-2296
Phone: (843) 255-7233
Fax: (843) 255-7225

East Coast Migrant Head Start Project- South Carolina Direct Services
P.O. Box 235
Johns Island, SC 29457
Phone: (843) 768-9518
Fax: (843) 768-7378

Head Start Contacts

South Carolina First Steps
Early Head Start Partnership

636 Rosewood Dr.
Columbia, SC 29201
Phone: (803) 734-0479

Berkeley School District Head Start
98 Westview Boulevard
Goose Creek, SC 29445
Phone: (843) 553-8783
Fax: (843) 820-3497

Head Start Contacts

OCAB CAA Head Start & Early Head Start
P.O. Drawer 710
Orangeburg, SC 29116-0710
Phone: (803) 536-1027
Fax: (803) 536-4657

Head Start Contacts

Charleston County School District Head Start & Early Head Start
75 Calhoun Street
Charleston, SC 29401
Phone: (843) 937-7921
Fax: (843) 937-6531

Charleston County First Steps- Early Head Start Partnership
6296 Rivers Avenue, Ste. 308
North Charleston, SC 29406
Phone: (843) 745-0237
Fax: (843) 745-0895

East Coast Migrant Head Start Project- South Carolina Direct Services
P.O. Box 235
Johns Island, SC 29457
Phone: (843) 768-9518
Fax: (843) 768-7378

Head Start Contacts

Piedmont CAA Head Start & Early Head Start
P.O Box 5374
Spartanburg, SC 29304
Phone: (864) 590-4449
Fax: (864) 585-5152

Head Start Contacts

Carolina CAA Head Start & Early Head Start
P.O. Box 933
Rock Hill, SC 29731
Phone: (803) 366-5569 ; (803) 366-5398
Fax: (803) 329-4131, (803) 329-5198

Head Start Contacts

Chesterfield/Marlboro EOC Head Start
P.O. Box 877
Cheraw, South Carolina 29520
Phone: (843) 320-9760
Fax: (843) 320-9768

Head Start Contacts

Wateree CAA Head Start & Early Head Start
1155 North Lafayette Boulevard
Sumter, SC 29150-5126
Phone: (803) 773-1291
Fax: (803) 778-6504

East Coast Migrant Head Start Project- South Carolina Direct Services
P.O. Box 235
Johns Island, SC 29457
Phone: (843) 768-9518
Fax: (843) 768-7378

Head Start Contacts

Lowcountry CAA Head Start
319 East Washington St.
Walterboro, SC 29488
Phone: (843) 549-5576
Fax: (843) 835-5783

East Coast Migrant Head Start Project- South Carolina Direct Services
P.O. Box 235
Johns Island, SC 29457
Phone: (843) 768-9518
Fax: (843) 768-7378

Head Start Contacts

Darlington County Head Start
904 South 4th St.
Hartsville, SC 29550
Phone: (843) 332-3923

Head Start Contacts

Pee Dee CAP Head Start & Early Head Start
P.O. Box 12817
Florence, SC 29504-2817
Phone: (843) 678-3414
Fax: (843) 667-4158

South Carolina First Steps
Early Head Start Partnership

636 Rosewood Dr.
Columbia, SC 29201
Phone: (803) 734-0479

Head Start Contacts

Berkeley School District Head Start
98 Westview Boulevard
Goose Creek, SC 29445
Phone: (843) 553-8783
Fax: (843) 820-3497

Head Start Contacts

GLEAMNS Head Start & Early Head Start
P.O. Box 1326
Greenwood, SC 29648
Phone: (864) 223-8434
Fax: (864) 223-9456

GLEAMNS EARLY HEAD START
1401 25 Bypass Southeast
Greenwood, SC 29646
Phone: (864) 223-9748
Fax: (864) 223-9792

Head Start Contacts

GLEAMNS Head Start & Early Head Start
P.O. Box 1326
Greenwood, SC 29648
Phone: (864) 223-8434
Fax: (864) 223-9456

GLEAMNS EARLY HEAD START
1401 25 Bypass Southeast
Greenwood, SC 29646
Phone: (864) 223-9748
Fax: (864) 223-9792

Head Start Contacts

Waccamaw EOC Head Start & Early Head Start
175 Edwin Road
Lane, South Carolina 29564
Phone: (843) 553-8783
Fax: (843) 820-3497

South Carolina First Steps
Early Head Start Partnership

636 Rosewood Dr.
Columbia, SC 29201
Phone: (803) 734-0479

Head Start Contacts

Children and Families Development
SHARE Head Start & Early Head Start

P.O Box 10204
Greenville, SC 29603
Phone: (864) 233-4128
Fax: (864) 295-6151

SHARE Early Head Start
Phone: (864) 235-5829
Fax: (864) 235 5833

Head Start Contacts

GLEAMNS Head Start & Early Head Start
P.O. Box 1326
Greenwood, SC 29648
Phone: (864) 223-8434
Fax: (864) 223-9456

GLEAMNS EARLY HEAD START
1401 25 Bypass Southeast
Greenwood, SC 29646
Phone: (864) 223-9748
Fax: (864) 223-9792

Head Start Contacts

Lowcountry CAA Head Start
319 East Washington St.
Walterboro, SC 29488
Phone: (843) 549-5576
Fax: (843) 835-5783

Head Start Contacts

Wateree CAA Head Start & Early Head Start
1155 North Lafayette Boulevard
Sumter, SC 29150-5126
Phone: (803) 773-1291
Fax: (803) 778-6504

Head Start Contacts

Lancaster Head Start & Early Head Start
Southside Early Childhood Center

500 Hampton Road
Lancaster, South Carolina 29720
Phone: (803) 283-3915
Fax: (803) 313-9587

Head Start Contacts

GLEAMNS Head Start & Early Head Start
P.O. Box 1326
Greenwood, SC 29648
Phone: (864) 223-8434
Fax: (864) 223-9456

GLEAMNS EARLY HEAD START
1401 25 Bypass Southeast
Greenwood, SC 29646
Phone: (864) 223-9748
Fax: (864) 223-9792

South Carolina First Steps
Early Head Start Partnership

636 Rosewood Dr.
Columbia, SC 29201
Phone: (803) 734-0479

Head Start Contacts

Wateree CAA Head Start & Early Head Start
1155 North Lafayette Boulevard
Sumter, SC 29150-5126
Phone: (803) 773-1291
Fax: (803) 778-6504

Head Start Contacts

GLEAMNS Head Start & Early Head Start
P.O. Box 1326
Greenwood, SC 29648
Phone: (864) 223-8434
Fax: (864) 223-9456

GLEAMNS EARLY HEAD START
1401 25 Bypass Southeast
Greenwood, SC 29646
Phone: (864) 223-9748
Fax: (864) 223-9792

South Carolina First Steps
Early Head Start Partnership

636 Rosewood Dr.
Columbia, SC 29201
Phone: (803) 734-0479

Head Start Contacts

Pee Dee CAP Head Start & Early Head Start
P.O. Box 12817
Florence, SC 29504-2817
Phone: (843) 678-3414
Fax: (843) 667-4158

Head Start Contacts

Chesterfield/Marlboro EOC Head Start
P.O. Box 877
Cheraw, South Carolina 29520
Phone: (843) 320-9760
Fax: (843) 320-9768

Head Start Contacts

GLEAMNS Head Start & Early Head Start
P.O. Box 1326
Greenwood, SC 29648
Phone: (864) 223-8434
Fax: (864) 223-9456

GLEAMNS EARLY HEAD START
1401 25 Bypass Southeast
Greenwood, SC 29646
Phone: (864) 223-9748
Fax: (864) 223-9792

Head Start Contacts

GLEAMNS Head Start & Early Head Start
P.O. Box 1326
Greenwood, SC 29648
Phone: (864) 223-8434
Fax: (864) 223-9456

GLEAMNS EARLY HEAD START
1401 25 Bypass Southeast
Greenwood, SC 29646
Phone: (864) 223-9748
Fax: (864) 223-9792

South Carolina First Steps
Early Head Start Partnership

636 Rosewood Dr.
Columbia, SC 29201
Phone: (803) 734-0479

Head Start Contacts

Children and Families Development
SHARE Head Start & Early Head Start

P.O Box 10204
Greenville, SC 29603
Phone: (864) 233-4128
Fax: (864) 295-6151

SHARE Early Head Start
Phone: (864) 235-5829
Fax: (864) 235 5833

Head Start Contacts

OCAB CAA Head Start & Early Head Start
P.O. Drawer 710
Orangeburg, SC 29116-0710
Phone: (803) 536-1027
Fax: (803) 536-4657

South Carolina First Steps
Early Head Start Partnership

636 Rosewood Dr.
Columbia, SC 29201
Phone: (803) 734-0479

Head Start Contacts

Children and Families Development
SHARE Head Start & Early Head Start

P.O Box 10204
Greenville, SC 29603
Phone: (864) 233-4128
Fax: (864) 295-6151

SHARE Early Head Start
Phone: (864) 235-5829
Fax: (864) 235 5833

Head Start Contacts

Vital Connections of the Midlands Early Head Start
4801 Colonial Drive
Columbia, SC 29203
Phone: (803) 708-1510

Richland County First Steps Early Head Start
P.O. Box 5100
Columbia, South Carolina 29250
Phone: (803)-212-4203
Fax: 803) 212-4205

GLEAMNS Head Start & Early Head Start
P.O. Box 1326
Greenwood, SC 29648
Phone: (864) 223-8434
Fax: (864) 223-9456

GLEAMNS EARLY HEAD START
1401 25 Bypass Southeast
Greenwood, SC 29646
Phone: (864) 223-9748
Fax: (864) 223-9792

Head Start Contacts

GLEAMNS Head Start & Early Head Start
P.O. Box 1326
Greenwood, SC 29648
Phone: (864) 223-8434
Fax: (864) 223-9456

GLEAMNS EARLY HEAD START
1401 25 Bypass Southeast
Greenwood, SC 29646
Phone: (864) 223-9748
Fax: (864) 223-9792

Ms. Rebecca Brown, Director
South Carolina First Steps Early Head Start Partnership

1300 Sumter Street, Suite 100
Columbia, SC 29201
Phone: (803) 734-3296
Fax: (803) 312-4532

Head Start Contacts

Piedmont CAA Head Start & Early Head Start
P.O Box 5374
Spartanburg, SC 29304
Phone: (864) 590-4449
Fax: (864) 585-5152

Spartanburg County First Steps & Early Head Start
900 South Pine Street
Spartanburg, SC 29302
Phone: (864) 327-4904
Fax: (864) 327-4910

Head Start Contacts

Sumter School District Early Head Start
475 Crosswell Drive
Sumter, SC 29150
Phone: (803) 774-5900
Fax: (803) 774-5901

Wateree CAA Head Start & Early Head Start
1155 North Lafayette Boulevard
Sumter, SC 29150-5126
Phone: (803) 773-1291
Fax: (803) 778-6504

Head Start Contacts

Carolina CAA Head Start & Early Head Start
P.O. Box 933
Rock Hill, SC 29731
Phone: (803) 366-5569 ; (803) 366-5398
Fax: (803) 329-4131, (803) 329-5198

Head Start Contacts

Waccamaw EOC Head Start & Early Head Start
175 Edwin Road
Lane, South Carolina 29564
Phone: (843) 553-8783
Fax: (843) 820-3497

Head Start Contacts

Carolina CAA Head Start & Early Head Start
P.O. Box 933
Rock Hill, SC 29731
Phone: (803) 366-5569 ; (803) 366-5398
Fax: (803) 329-4131, (803) 329-5198

South Carolina First Steps
Early Head Start Partnership

636 Rosewood Dr.
Columbia, SC 29201
Phone: (803) 734-0479

ISWA Development Corporation
Catawba Indian Nation Head Start

Post Office Box 207
Catawba, SC 29704
Phone: (803) 817-5052; (803) 366-8303; (803) 366-8181
Fax: (803) 366-1912