The purpose of the South Carolina Association of Community Action Partnerships, used interchangeably as the "State Association", is to build the overall capacity and resources addressing the needs of the state's low-income, vulnerable, and indigent population served by Community Action Agencies and Head Start Programs in South Carolina. The State Association strives to develop and advocate for programs to promote self-sufficiency and improve the quality of life for the low-income community. This is accomplish by advocating for policies that strengthens program services; coordination of extensive training and professional development; serving as a state clearinghouse for information and data compilation of reporting; marketing, building of public and private partnerships, governmental, and developing and dissemination of research, information, and resources that enrich service delivery.
The South Carolina Association of Community Action Partnerships (SCACAP) hereinafter referred to as SCACAP implements the project. The Association formulated to enhance the capacity building and support of the fifteen local community action agencies and twenty-one head start programs in the state of South Carolina works in conjunction with the:
The South Carolina CAA Directors Association
The South Carolina Head Start Association
The South Carolina Community Action Partnership
A nine-member board of Directors governs the SC Association of Community Action Partnerships (SCACAP). Other key partners include the Governor's Office Division of Economic Opportunity (OEO), and the SC Head Start Collaboration office. The State Association office also collaborates with the Southeastern Regional and National Associations of Community Action Agencies and Head Start programs and formalizes working relationships with other public and private partners including faith-based entities in materializing project activities. SCACAP employs a full time executive director and administrative assistant that have over forty years of combined experience in non-profit agency management and operations to implement the policies and procedures and to assure that the strategic plan and goals of the association are achieved and implemented effectively.
Currently, SCACAP is working with the South Carolina Division of Economic Opportunity, and the local community action agencies to adopt Result Oriented Management and Accountability management tool into their program activity.