About Head Start


Head Start/Early Head Start promotes school readiness of children ages birth to five, for low-income families by supporting their development in a comprehensive way. 

Head Start programs support children's growth and development in a positive learning environment through a variety of services, which include:

  • Early learning: Children's readiness for school and beyond is fostered through individualized learning experiences. Through relationships with adults, play, and planned and spontaneous instruction, children grow in many aspects of development. Children progress in social skills and emotional well-being, along with language and literacy learning, and concept development.
  • Health: Each child's perceptual, motor, and physical development is supported to permit them to fully explore and function in their environment. All children receive health and development screenings, nutritious meals, oral health and mental health support. LCAA connects families with medical, dental, and mental health services to ensure that children are receiving the services they need.
  • Family well-being: Parents and families are supported in achieving their own goals, such as housing stability, continued education, and financial security. LCAA supports and strengthens parent-child relationships and engage families around children's learning and development.


Colleton County:  Cottageville Head Start, 792 Burr Hill Road, Cottageville, SC
Hampton County:  Estill Head Start, 768 First Street, Estill, SC

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

Areas Served:
Colleton and Hampton counties

Families must meet income guidelines established by the Department of Health and Human Services. Children must be three to five years old for Head Start and birth to three years old for Early Head Start. Families must live in the two county service areas.

Hours of Operation:
Monday through Friday for Head Start and Early Head Start, 8:30 AM – 3:00 PM.
Monday through Friday for Extended Day Program, 3:00 PM -  6:00 PM.

Extended Day Program
Provides Head Start parents, who are working, in training, or in school full day head start services for Head Start children.  The program operates from 3:00 PM – 6:00 PM

Transition Program
Provides Head Start Services from 2:30 -5:30 pm to participants parents who are working, in job training, or enrolled in school


Year Round Program