ABC Quality providers can receive training, grants, and other resources to improve the quality of care they provide to children and their families.
Research has shown that the first five years of a child’s life are the most important in an individual’s development. These five years lay the foundation for an individual’s development through life. One study shows that young children who attended higher quality early care and education programs had better language development, problem solving, and social skills.
Implementing ABC Quality recognizes child care providers who go above and beyond the state requirements and encourage providers to aspire to the highest child care standards. Over time, ABC Quality can help raise the overall level of child care quality in South Carolina. In addition, families can make a more informed choice by having access to information about the level of quality programming their child would receive at the chosen child care center.
There are 5 levels in ABC Quality: C,B,B+,A, and A+. Level C providers meet the mandated standards of child care, while level A+ providers surpass mandated standards and meet the highest quality child care standards in the state.
With level A and A+ providers, one can expect:
Numerous early childhood programs in South Carolina use HiMama in their licensed child care facilities to meet expectations set out by ABC Quality. How your center chooses to use HiMama will vary based on the unique circumstances of your community, families, educators and attending children. However, we’ve provided some guidance on how HiMama will assist your early childhood program in achieving a higher rating.
|KEY AREAS OF A CHILD CARE PROVIDER||HIMAMA APPLICATION|
|Director/teaching staff qualifications and ongoing development||
|Teaching practices and early learning programming|
To find an ABC Quality rated program near you, a parent or caregiver can visit South Carolina’s ABC Quality website.
HiMama makes documentation and reporting of children’s learning and development in alignment with South Carolina's Learning Standards quick and easy so that educators can spend less time on documentation and paperwork and more time with children. Learn how HiMama can help you align to South Carolina's quality guidelines without all the paperwork and late nights.