About Us

Are you a South Carolina childcare provider? Contact us today to find out how to join us in reaching out to families and children in our state! Our project is an initiative of Palmetto Shared Services Alliance that supports childcare and after school providers, along with families with young children. We are pleased to provide these resources to help providers and families have easy access to early care and education resources.

PalmettoChildCareConnect.org serves all members of the childcare community: childcare providers, families and job-seekers. Connecting the need for quality childcare with the knowledge of open enrollment availability, PalmettoChildCareConnect.org serves to save time and money for both families and providers. In addition, an active job board keeps quality staff in the classroom.

The program was extended to childcare providers throughout South Carolina with the launch of PalmettoSharedServices.com. This members-only resource is an efficient alternative to the heavy paperwork that dominates the childcare industry. Our services save childcare programs time and money, increase revenue and improve overall program quality.

Meet the Team:

Leslie Latimer, Executive Director

Leslie joined Palmetto Shared Services Alliance as the founding Executive Director after serving 8 years as the Operations Director at Greenville First Steps.

Leslie serves on various community boards and councils including Greenville County Childcare Association, GHS Children's Hospital Community Advisory Council, Junior League of Greenville, Greenville Tech Early Childhood and Livewell. She is also a graduate of Leadership Greenville class 42.

Leslie graduated from Winthrop University and the University of South Carolina with a Masters in Social Work.  She is married to her husband Ross and they live in Greenville with their 2 sons, Taylor and Mac.

Shelley Summer, Outreach Coordinator

Shelley's career in early childhood education began over 20 years ago in Columbia, SC. She went on to be the assistant director for a preschool for 11 years before joining the staff of Greenville First Steps to help launch Palmetto Shared Services Alliance.

Shelley is passionate about the welfare of our youngest children and is excited to be a part of a program aimed at making sure they have a high quality, early childhood experience.

Shelley graduated from Wofford College with a BA in Art History and is an avid painter in her spare time. Shelley lives in Greenville, SC with her two sons, Briggs and Davis.