Reasons to Consider Enrolling

South Carolina is committed to an early care and education system that focuses on building high quality, comprehensive programs that provide integrated services. This commitment reflects a vision that every child in South Carolina will have equal opportunity for success in school based on equitable access to a high-quality early care and education system.

To promote the best possible child care, ABC Quality provides program support and training for providers and a quality ratings system that helps parents compare and choose. ABC Quality is a voluntary quality rating and improvement system (QRIS).  Ratings for childcare providers range across five levels from A+ to C. An A+ indicates the provider is among the highest rated in the state.

Benefits of ABC Quality for Providers

  • More ways to market your program and attract new families. ABC Quality is a primary tool parents use to search for high quality child care and compare providers.
  • Increased SC Voucher payments based on quality level.
  • A roadmap for strengthening your quality of care, plus customized support and assistance to improve your rating.
  • Free professional development and scholarships to conferences plus grants, awards and other financial support.

Enrollment Requirements

  • A current license, registration, approval or exemption, plus a documented history of complying with S.C. licensing regulations
  • Current Pediatric First Aid and Infant/Child CPR certification for all staff
  • Completion of the SC Health and Safety Pre-Service Certificate or ECD 101 by all staff
  • Signed acknowledgment of the ABC Quality Code of Ethics by all staff

Additional eligibility requirements for license-exempt providers include:

  • Verification of minimum staff education/qualifications
  • Health Documentation for all staff
  • Background checks for all staff
  • Discipline policy prohibiting corporal punishment signed by all staff annually

Assessment Process

Part 1: Structural Quality
The strengths-based assessment occurs in two parts to help determine the provider’s ABC Quality level. For details regarding each part of the assessment, download the ABC Quality program manual.

Element I: Program Administration and Structure 

  • Organizational Structure/Program Operation
  • Policies and Procedures Relating to the Care of Children

Element II: Staff Education and Professional Development 

  • Education - Program Leadership/Administrators Standard
  • Education - Teachers Standard
  • Staff Evaluation and Ongoing Professional Development

Element III: Child Well-being 

  • Nutrition Standard
  • Physical Health Standard
  • Healthy Social-Emotional Development (Mental Health)
  • Child Screening and Referrals

Element IV: Family Communication, Engagement and Cultural Competency

  • Family Communication, Engagement and Cultural Competence

 

Part 2: Process Quality Assessment
The Process Quality Assessment is designed to capture the daily experiences of infant-toddler, preschooler, and school-age children in child care. ABC Quality Assessors focus on the Intentional Teaching Practices outlined below, as well as, child to adult ratio and group size.

Element V: Intentional Teaching Practices 

  • Responsive and Sensitive Care Standard
  • Language and Communication Standard
  • Guidance Standard 
  • Program Structure Standard 
  • Early Learning Standard 
  • Environment

Element VI. Ratio and Group Size

How to Get Started

Contact the Regional Office for your county to learn how you can enroll in ABC Quality. Select your county in the dropdown below for the contact in your area. 

Oconee Pickens Anderson Greenville Spartanburg Cherokee York Chester Lancaster Kershaw Lee Sumter Calhoun Orangeburg Bamberg Barnwell Allendale Hampton Jasper Beaufort Charleston Dorchester Berkeley Georgetown Williamsburg Florence Darlington Dillon Marion Horry Chesterfield Marlboro Clarendon Colleton Union Laurens Abbeville Greenwood McCormick Edgefield Aiken Saluda Lexington Richland Newberry Fairfield

ABC Quality Contact

Cyndi Moyd
Phone: (864) 417-6529
Email: cynthia.moyd@dss.sc.gov

ABC Quality Contact

Kimberly McCullough
Phone: (803) 609-6082
Email: Kimberly.K.Mccullough@dss.sc.gov

ABC Quality Contact

Stephanie Heyward
Phone: (803) 465-1932
Email: stephanie.heyward@dss.sc.gov

ABC Quality Contact

Tracey Nichols
Phone: (864) 270-4503
Email: tracey.nichols@dss.sc.gov

ABC Quality Contact

Stephanie Heyward
Phone: (803) 465-1932
Email: stephanie.heyward@dss.sc.gov

ABC Quality Contact

Stephanie Heyward
Phone: (803) 465-1932
Email: stephanie.heyward@dss.sc.gov

ABC Quality Contact

Stephanie Heyward
Phone: (803) 465-1932
Email: stephanie.heyward@dss.sc.gov

ABC Quality Contact

Jamie Barry-Winningham
Phone: (803) 673-2713
Email: jamie.barry@dss.sc.gov

ABC Quality Contact

Ronda Steward
Phone: (803) 727-3004
Email: ronda.steward@dss.sc.gov

ABC Quality Contact

Jamie Barry-Winningham
Phone: (803) 673-2713
Email: jamie.barry@dss.sc.gov

ABC Quality Contact

Veronica Rivers
Phone: (803) 904-3307
Email: veronica.rivers@dss.sc.gov

ABC Quality Contact

Angela Branham
Phone: (803) 394-0429
Email: angela.branham@dss.sc.gov

ABC Quality Contact

Shelah Peoples Verette
Phone: (803) 201-6692
Email: shelah.peoples@dss.sc.gov

ABC Quality Contact

Ronda Steward
Phone: (803) 727-3004
Email: ronda.steward@dss.sc.gov

ABC Quality Contact

Stephanie Heyward
Phone: (803) 465-1932
Email: stephanie.heyward@dss.sc.gov

ABC Quality Contact

Shelah Peoples Verette
Phone: (803) 201-6692
Email: shelah.peoples@dss.sc.gov

ABC Quality Contact

Erin Perry
Phone: (803) 239-7319
Email: erin.perry@dss.sc.gov

ABC Quality Contact

Jamie Barry-Winningham
Phone: (803) 673-2713
Email: jamie.barry@dss.sc.gov

ABC Quality Contact

Cyndi Moyd
Phone: (864) 417-6529
Email: cynthia.moyd@dss.sc.gov

ABC Quality Contact

Shamon Thomas
Phone: (803) 609-7305
Email: Shamon.Thomas@dss.sc.gov

ABC Quality Contact

Erin Perry
Phone: (803) 239-7319
Email: erin.perry@dss.sc.gov

ABC Quality Contact

Melissa Heston-Covert
Phone: (803) 920-4048
Email: melissa.heston@dss.sc.gov

ABC Quality Contact

Leanne Coyle
Phone: (803) 730-1624
Email: Leanne.coyle@dss.sc.gov

ABC Quality Contact

Cyndi Moyd
Phone: (864) 417-6529
Email: cynthia.moyd@dss.sc.gov

ABC Quality Contact

Stephanie Heyward
Phone: (803) 465-1932
Email: stephanie.heyward@dss.sc.gov

ABC Quality Contact

Erin Perry
Phone: (803) 239-7319
Email: erin.perry@dss.sc.gov

ABC Quality Contact

Stephanie Heyward
Phone: (803) 465-1932
Email: stephanie.heyward@dss.sc.gov

ABC Quality Contact

Sharon Johnson
Phone: (803) 609-5106
Email: sharon.johnson2@dss.sc.gov

ABC Quality Contact

Angela Branham
Phone: (803) 394-0429
Email: angela.branham@dss.sc.gov

ABC Quality Contact

Leanne Coyle
Phone: (803) 730-1624
Email: Leanne.coyle@dss.sc.gov

ABC Quality Contact

Ronda Steward
Phone: (803) 727-3004
Email: ronda.steward@dss.sc.gov

ABC Quality Contact

Kimberly Kennedy
Phone: (803) 727-2996
Email: kimberly.kennedy@dss.sc.gov

ABC Quality Contact

Erin Perry
Phone: (803) 239-7319
Email: erin.perry@dss.sc.gov

ABC Quality Contact

Shelah Peoples Verette
Phone: (803) 201-6692
Email: shelah.peoples@dss.sc.gov

ABC Quality Contact

Cyndi Moyd
Phone: (864) 417-6529
Email: cynthia.moyd@dss.sc.gov

ABC Quality Contact

Kimberly McCullough
Phone: (803) 609-6082
Email: Kimberly.K.Mccullough@dss.sc.gov

ABC Quality Contact

Tracey Nichols
Phone: (864) 270-4503
Email: tracey.nichols@dss.sc.gov

ABC Quality Contact

Sharon Johnson
Phone: (803) 609-5106
Email: sharon.johnson2@dss.sc.gov

ABC Quality Contact

Tracey Nichols
Phone: (864) 270-4503
Email: tracey.nichols@dss.sc.gov

ABC Quality Contact

Shamon Thomas
Phone: (803) 609-7305
Email: Shamon.Thomas@dss.sc.gov

ABC Quality Contact

Cyndi Moyd
Phone: (864) 417-6529
Email: cynthia.moyd@dss.sc.gov

ABC Quality Contact

Veronica Rivers
Phone: (803) 904-3307
Email: veronica.rivers@dss.sc.gov

ABC Quality Contact

Ronda Steward
Phone: (803) 727-3004
Email: ronda.steward@dss.sc.gov

ABC Quality Contact

Angela Branham
Phone: (803) 394-0429
Email: angela.branham@dss.sc.gov

ABC Quality Contact

Ronda Steward
Phone: (803) 727-3004
Email: ronda.steward@dss.sc.gov

ABC Quality Contact

Angela Branham
Phone: (803) 394-0429
Email: angela.branham@dss.sc.gov