Apr 4, 2023

The Week of the Young Child to be held April 1-7

The Week of the Young Child® recognizes that children's opportunities are our responsibilities. This week allows families and child care providers a time to recommit themselves to ensuring that every child experiences the type of early environment—at home, at child care, at school, and in the community—that promotes the needs of young children, their families, and the early childhood programs that serve them.

Feb 21, 2023

How is ABC Quality making child care more accessible for parents?

Affordable, high-quality child care is a must for families in South Carolina. Child care not only keeps children safe and healthy, but it also helps them develop social, emotional, and communication skills as well as early education concepts that they will need for success in school and in their lives outside of school and throughout their lives. Unfortunately, many families in communities across the state have limited access to child care. But that’s where ABC Quality comes in.

Feb 21, 2023

Why are routines important for children and families?

Raising a family can be one of the most gratifying experiences but it can also come with unexpected stressors. Between changing diapers, planning meals, and managing a budget, life's pressures can overwhelm you (and your family!). However, jam-packed schedules don't have to result in chaos and fast food every night. One of the best ways to get a handle on your family's hectic life can be as easy as setting up a daily routine.

Feb 14, 2023

What should caregivers know about hand, foot and mouth disease?

Children in child care settings are bound to be exposed to a number of ordinary viruses, from common colds to stomach bugs, in their first few years of life. One of the most common childhood illnesses is hand, foot and mouth disease, a scary-sounding viral infection that can cause painful sores on a child’s hands, feet and mouth.

Feb 7, 2023

How to help your child break a bad habit

Bad habits in childhood are usually actions or behaviors repeated over and over, most often to help soothe a child when they feel anxious or uncomfortable. Most children aren’t aware they are doing the bad habit, and bad habits can be picked up at any time for a variety of reasons. The most common bad habits seen in children include nail biting, nose picking, hair twirling, thumb sucking, teeth grinding, lip biting or licking, or excessive screen time. More serious bad habits include lying, hitting, and biting