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Early Learning Council

Early Learning Council (ELC) of Georgetown County

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Who are we?

We are a group of civic and professional leaders who champion the education and wellbeing of young children (0-5).

Members of the Council

  • Carolyn Ellis, Chair – Civic Leader – Retired Professional Educator
  • Virginia Bowerman - Civic Leader- Retired Professional Educator
  • Sally Garr Brodhead – Civic Leader – Retired Attorney
  • Eunice Brown – Civic Leader – Retired Professional Educator
  • Jim Dumm – Civic and Professional Leader – Georgetown County School Board Chair and Director of the Tara Hall Program for Boys
  • Fedrick Cohens - Professional Leader - Director of Curriculum and Instruction -Elementary Grades for Georgetown County School District
  • Lee Jones - Civic Leader - Retired Professional Preschool Educator
  • Betsy Marlow – Civic Leader – Retired Professional Educator and Nonprofit Executive Director
  • Madeleine Ritchie – Civic Leaders – Retired Professional Educator
  • Jim Watkins – Civic Leader – Retired Minister
  • Diane Wingate, Ph.D. - Executive Director for Testing and Measurement for GCSD

Some of our Affiliates

Cliff and Carolyn Ellis Foundation
Coastal Carolina University
Department of Juvenile Justice
Georgetown County First Steps 
Frances P. Bunnelle Foundation
Georgetown Chamber of Commerce
Georgetown County Library
Georgetown County School District
Georgetown Police Department
Black River United Way
Georgetown Children’s Recovery Center
Georgetown Literacy Initiative
Georgetown Outreach Ministries
       Healthy Learners
Head Start
Institute for Child Success
Miss Ruby's Kids
Nurse Family Partnership
South Carolina Pathways
Still Learning, Inc
Tara Hall
The Village Group
Tidelands Health
Waccamaw Council of Governments

What do we do?

We share this Vision and Mission:

Vision: All children in Georgetown County will reach their full potential.
Mission: To champion the education and well-being of young children (0-5) through advocacy and promotion of opportunities which allow them to reach their full potential.

We champion the following for children 0-5 years of age:

  • families
  • quality education
  • quality health care
  • community leadership directed towards our vision and mission.


Interested in getting involved in the ELC? Click here for more information.