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How does ABC Quality’s rating system work?

ABC Quality is a voluntary rating and improvement program that helps South Carolina parents find high quality child care. Child care providers can voluntarily participate in ABC Quality to demonstrate that they meet, exceed or surpass basic child care standards.

By ABC Quality Team on December 28, 2020

How do I search for a quality child care program in South Carolina?

For parents and caregivers searching for quality child care programs in South Carolina, the Department of Social Services (DSS) and the ABC Quality child care program ratings system recommends the following steps: learn, research and visit.

By ABC Quality Team on December 28, 2020

What questions should I ask when visiting a potential child care provider?

With so many new parents and caregivers having to juggle day (and night) jobs along with child care duties, choosing the right child care program is one of the most important decisions you’ll ever make. But with so many program options out there, how do you know what is best for your child?

By ABC Quality Team on December 15, 2020

How do I teach my child to be smart about strangers?

“Don't talk to strangers.” Those are four little warning words that parents and caregivers have given to children for generations. Unfortunately, we do have to teach our little ones that there are people in this world who won’t always have their best interests in mind.

By ABC Quality Team on November 17, 2020

Does “Time Out” Really Help Curb Bad Behavior?

When it comes to childhood rites of passage, almost everyone who grew up in a disciplined household has probably done his or her share of “timeouts.” For children who are misbehaving or acting out in some manner, a timeout is a corrective measure enforced by parents or caregivers to try and correct a child’s behavior as well as time for both adults and children to cool down from emotional outbursts.

By ABC Quality Team on November 3, 2020