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Grow Healthy

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What is Grow Healthy?

In response to the growing state and national concern about childhood obesity, ABC Quality has partnered with the SC Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) for several years to incorporate new and enhanced nutrition and physical activity indicators into existing program requirements.

Grow Healthy sets forth policies and practices to increase children’s consumption of healthy foods and time spent being physically active while in child care.


Who is involved in Grow Healthy?

Staff from multiple agencies and offices work together to support Grow Healthy. Partners include:

  • SC Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC)
  • Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP)
  • SC Child Care Resource & Referral (CCR&R)
  • SC Endeavors
  • SC Head Start
  • SC Program for Infant and Toddler Care (SCPITC)
  • University of South Carolina Arnold School of Public Health
  • University of South Carolina College of Education
  • SC Association for Early Care and Education (SCAECE)
  • SC Association for the Education of Young Children (SCAEYC)
  • SC Early Childhood Association (SCECA)


Want more information on Grow Healthy? 

Grow Healthy indicators are embedded throughout the Structural and Process Quality Assessments

Contact ABC Quality at 1-800-763-2223 to learn more.