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 Safe Sleep and Abusive Head Trauma

In May 2018, the Governor signed bill S-891, which amended the SC Code of Laws, Section 44-37-50. This change requires hospitals to make available to all childcare facilities and childcare providers regulated pursuant to Chapter 13, Title 63, a video presentation on safe sleep practices, the causes of Sudden Unexpected Infant Death (SUID), and the dangers associated with shaking infants and young children.  

 We are happy to announce that the videos are completed (in English) and can be downloaded from the DHEC link below or from their website at on the Safe Sleep page and the Preventing Abusive Head Trauma page.  As soon as the Spanish translation of the videos is completed, it will be added to the web pages.


Early Learning Standards are Here!

The newly revised Early Learning Standards represent input and expertise from professionals across the state. These collaboratively adopted standards represent development and learning in young children ages Birth to 5 years old and contain key features, such as, developmental continuums, teaching strategies and specific information for young dual language learners. 

Click here to register for the online orientation training for the South Carolina Early Learning Standards. 


Pediatric First Aid and Infant-Child CPR Training

We are pleased to announce that the SC Department of Social Services-Division of Early Care and Education has arranged for the SC Chapter of the National Safety Council (SCNSC) to provide First Aid and CPR certification training across the state at No Cost to ABC Quality enrolled child care providers.  This First Aid and CPR certification training will not be available online.  All individuals, (administrators, directors, and caregivers) working in an ABC Quality enrolled child care facility must participate in the Pediatric First Aid and Infant-Child CPR training.  Anyone with current FA/CPR certification that expires prior to October 1, 2016 or soon thereafter should plan to attend one of the trainings.

To register for this training, please log on to, select training, and select an ABC First Aid & CPR training that is convenient for you to attend.  If you have questions about this training or if you are interested in your facility serving as a host site for the training, please contact Kristin Stevens at 803-732-6778 or

Please regularly check the SCNSC’s website or contact their office for training dates and locations updates.


Take Action - Don't Leave Children in Hot Cars

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Architectural Plans

All architectural plans for child care facilities submitted after July 1, 2016 must be submitted in accordance with 2015 International Fire Codes.


Hurricane Preparedness Resources


New Healthier CACFP Meal Standards

On Monday, April 25, 2016 USDA issued the new healthier meal pattern and nutrition standards for the Child and Adult Care Food Program and related programs.  Click here for more information and for summaries of the new meal standards.


Breastfeeding Friendly Child Care

We are delighted to announce a new designation for child care providers providing special support for new mothers!  Programs with the Breastfeeding Friendly Child Care designation give new mothers the support they need during the transition to child care. We know that this can be a difficult time for mothers breastfeeding and often mothers feel they need to stop breastfeeding when they go back to work. Licensed child care programs that earn the Breastfeeding Friendly Child Care designation are ready to support you and your baby to continue breastfeeding while in care.

Click here to see ABC providers who have earned the Breastfeeding Friendly Child Care designation.

To learn more about Breastfeeding Friendly Child Care's or apply to become a breast feeding friendly child care click here.


Earned Income Tax Credit Can Help Rural Families

The United States Department of Agriculture recently posted a blog by Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack on the importance of the Earned Income Tax Credit. This topic is relevant and important to families and child care providers.  Click here to read more. 


Health Insurance 

Are you a Head Start or child care provider in need of health insurance.  Click here for more information.


New Emergency Phone Number

During a disaster or emergency, child care providers should call the Division of Early Care and Education at 1-888-825-7174 to report damage or closure or to request expanded capacity.


New Dietary Guidelines

The U.S. Departments of Health and Human Services and Agriculture recently released the 2015–2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans. Now in its eighth edition, the Dietary Guidelines continues to be an important resource to help our Nation reach its highest standard of health.

Making small changes in food choices can add up to big health benefits and help prevent diet-related chronic diseases. The updated Dietary Guidelines describes how Americans can establish long-term healthy eating patterns by emphasizing small, doable shifts in their daily eating habits.

Read the new Dietary Guidelines here.

For more information on the new guidance, check out the Dietary Guidelines digital press kit here.


Tell Us How We're Doing

Click here to complete a confidential survey about the job our Licensing, ABC Quality, and/or SC Voucher staff are doing.


Managing Food Allergies

Food allergies affect approximately 4% - 6% of children in the United States. Helping child care staff to be prepared to prevent and manage a child's severe allergic reaction can create a healthy environment where all children can reach their full potential.  

The Tool Kit for Managing Food Allergies in Schools was developed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to help schools and child care programs implement the Voluntary Guidelines for Managing Food Allergies in Schools and Early Care and Education Programs. The easy-to-use tool kit includes tip sheets, training presentations, and podcasts highlighting resources and action steps for a diverse audience of school  and child care staff. The CDC also has a list of Frequently Asked Questions about the Voluntary Guidelines.


The ABC Voucher Program has changed its name to SC Voucher.


Outbreak of E. Coli Infections in Kids Linked to Recalled Soynut Butter Products

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Food and Drug Administration, and several states are currently investigating an outbreak of E. coli O157:H7 infections in several states. Click here for more information. 


Important DHEC Information



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