Lowcountry Head Start

Head Start is a comprehensive school readiness program serving children ages 0-5 that has a strong focus on ensuring that they start school ready to learn. They offer many other services to these children to help them and to support their families. Families may enroll their children in Head Start programs based on their income and a number of other factors. Lowcountry Community Action Agency, Inc. serves over three hundred children in Colleton and Hampton County.

The Office of Head Start (OHS) advises the Assistant Secretary for Children and Families on issues regarding the Head Start program (including Early Head Start). The Office develops legislative and budgetary proposals; identifies areas for research, demonstration, and developmental activities; presents operational planning objectives and initiatives relating to Head Start to the Assistant Secretary for Administration for Children and Families; and oversees the progress of approved activities. OHS provides leadership and coordination for the activities of the Head Start program in the ACF Central Office including the Head Start Regional Program Units. The Office represents Head Start in inter-agency activities with other Federal and non-Federal organizations.

Early Head Start promotes healthy prenatal outcomes, enhances the development of infants and toddlers, and promotes healthy family functioning.

Purpose

Head Start is a national program that promotes school readiness by enhancing the social and cognitive development of children through the provision of educational, health, nutritional, social and other services to enrolled children and families.

Program Description

The Head Start program provides comprehensive child development services to economically disadvantaged children and families, with a special focus on helping preschoolers develop the early reading and math skills they need to be successful in school. In FY 1995, the Early Head Start program was established to serve children from birth to three years of age in recognition of the mounting evidence that the earliest years matter a great deal to children's growth and development.

Head Start programs promote school readiness by enhancing the social and cognitive development of children through the provision of educational, health, nutritional, social and other services to enrolled children and families. They engage parents in their children's learning and help them in making progress toward their educational, literacy and employment goals. Significant emphasis is placed on the involvement of parents in the administration of local Head Start programs

Head Start Centers are located:

792 Burr Hill Road
Cottageville, SC 29435
Phone: (843) 835-2760
Fax: (843)835-5783

444 First Street
Estill, SC 29918
Phone: (803) 625-9681
Fax: (803) 625-9685

Contact Info
Serving Colleton & Hampton Counties
319 E. Washington Street,
Post Office Box 1726
Walterboro, SC 29488

Phone: Colleton
(843) 549-5576
Phone: Hampton
(803) 943-3561

Head Start
Colleton:(843) 835-2760
Hampton: (803) 625-9681
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