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What is ABC Quality?

ABC Quality is a voluntary rating and improvement program that helps South Carolina parents find high quality child care.

Child care providers who opt to participate in ABC Quality must demonstrate that they meet, exceed or surpass basic child care standards. The program is administered by the Division of Early Care and Education of the SC Department of Social Services.

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Statewide Rating System

Providers who participate receive an ABC Quality rating to demonstrate their commitment to creating higher quality experiences:



Level A and A+ providers meet Level C and Level B expectations and standards to the highest level. Expect:

  • High standards for teacher education and certification
  • Enhanced teaching and learning activities all day
  • Individualized learning based on children's abilities
  • Expanded health and safety policies
  • Family involvement opportunities


Level B and B+ providers meet Level C expectations and surpass them to a higher standard. Expect:

  • Active engagement between teachers and children
  • Learning activities based on child play
  • A well equipped, organized setting with multiple learning centers
  • A mix of indoor and outdoor learning environments
  • A posted schedule of regular meals, naps, and active play


Level C providers meet mandated standards of child care. Expect:

  • Compliance with health and safety regulations
  • Age-appropriate activities
  • Positive conversations between teachers, children and families


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