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How do I teach my child to properly wash their hands?

As mothers, fathers, and caregivers around the world have told many children—the best and most simple way to avoid spreading nasty germs to other people or getting sick (such as getting a cold or the flu) is to wash your hands. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) agrees that not only is proper handwashing important but that many diseases and conditions around the globe could be alleviated if people would wash their hands with soap and clean, running water.

By ABC Quality Team on January 5, 2021

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

Why won’t my baby go to sleep?

For every new parent or caregiver who brings a newborn into their home, there’s nothing more common than a sleepless night. Although newborns generally sleep about eight to nine hours in the daytime and about eight hours a night—they typically do not stay asleep for more than one to two hours at a time. The good news for those tired caregivers is that most babies do start sleeping through the night—without waking—around the 3-month period.

By ABC Quality Team on December 8, 2020