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Why are the first five years of my child’s brain development so important?

During the first five years of life, a child will undergo such intensive developmental transformations that it’s often hard for parents to recognize their newborn as the same little person entering kindergarten. These first five years are often called “the leap years” not only because a child grows by leaps and bounds but also because a child’s ever-changing brain is continually evolving—literally leaping forward with learning, developing, absorbing and building a foundation for how they will learn for the rest of their life.

By ABC Quality Team on September 4, 2020

What COVID-19 safety guidelines should my child care provider be following upon reopening?

As child care providers reopen across South Carolina, parents and caregivers have many questions when it comes to COVID safety precautions for their children. When making recommendations to the public, to parents and providers, the S.C. Department of Social Services (DSS) and the ABC Quality child care staff follow the health and safety guidelines set forth by the SC Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC).

By ABC Quality Team on September 4, 2020

Is breakfast really the most important meal of the day for my child?

For generations, parents and caregivers have told their children that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. In recent years, however, the importance of breakfast has been debated because of competing diet plans and weight-loss strategies, but most experts still agree that a good breakfast is important—especially for children.

By ABC Quality Team on August 25, 2020

How do I help my child deal with grief?

One of the most difficult lessons a new parent or caregiver will have to give to a child is not just the facts of life—but also of death. Grief is a natural part of life but for young children, it can also be hard to understand. From losing a pet, classmate or teacher to more personal losses like that of a family member, children should be handled with extra care as they learn to understand and comprehend the concept of death as well as experiencing grief for the first time.

By ABC Quality Team on August 18, 2020

Can playing in the dirt boost my child’s immune system?

The good news is that a possible solution to helping your child develop a stronger immune system might include an easy piece of advice that most parents never would imagine giving—and that’s telling your kids to play in the dirt.

By ABC Quality Team on August 11, 2020