Head Start serves children three and four years of age and their families. The program is child-focused and has the overall goal of increasing the school readiness of young children in low-income families. The program serves over 700 children and families in the counties of Appling, Atkinson, Bacon, Brantley, Candler, Charlton, Clinch, Coffee, Jeff Davis, Pierce, Toombs, and Ware. There are 16 centers available to families in the twelve counties, as well as, the administrative office in Waycross.

Our Mission, Vision and Goals

The mission of the Concerted Services, Inc. Head Start program is to provide quality teaching and learning environments to meet the developmental needs of all children to ensure future educational needs.

Concerted Services, Inc. Head Start program’s vision is to be a national leader in early childhood education and services.

All of our centers shall meet or exceed the requirements of the Federal Head Start Program Standards and obtain or maintain Quality Rating System Standards.


The funding and authority to operate Head Start and Early Head Start come from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and Administration for Children and Families (ACF).

The funding and authority to operate the Pre-K program comes from the Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning. The funds are from the Georgia Lottery Commission.

Concerted Services, Inc. (CSI) is the administrative home for the Head Start program. CSI is a community action, non-profit, 501(C)(3) agency.

Monitoring and Evaluation

The Head Start and Early Head Start programs must comply with performance standards developed by the Administration of Children and Families (ACF). Each year parents, board members, and community representatives work on teams that visit the centers, interviews staff members, parents and board members, and review plans and records to verify that the program is in compliance with Federal Performance Standards. Self-assessment team recommendations for program improvement are included in operation planning.

The Office of Head Start in Washington, DC then validates the results of the self assessments by sending representative to visit and review the program every three years.

The program is also monitored by consultants from various state and local offices that include: Pre-K, DECAL (Department of Early Care and Learning Child Care Licensing), Fire Marshall, Health Inspectors, Building Inspectors, Child and Adult Feeding Program, Auditors, Department of Labor, and others.

Key Staff

Director – Shelli Tyre

Assistant Director – Amanda Lankford

Education/Transition Specialist – Deborah Horton

Facilities/Safety/Transportation Specialist – Donald Griffin

Facilities Technician – Terrell Wilson

Family Services Specialist – Jared King

Fiscal Specialist – Shatavia Buck

Health and Nutrition Specialist – Angela Carr

IT Specialist – Gary Murray

Mental Health Counselor – Tammy Perritt

Mental Health/Disabilities Specialist – Denise Herrin

Parent/Family/Community Engagement Specialist – Anita Young

Training Specialist – Carol Clarke