Search Child Care Providers


Grow Healthy

ABC Quality Logo Color


What is Grow Healthy?

The ABC Center Standards at all levels now include nutrition and physical activities standards. ABC Quality has partnered with the SC Department of Health and Environmental Control (SC DHEC) for several years to develop these standards as ABC’s response to the growing state and national concern about childhood obesity.

Grow Healthy sets forth policies and activities that promote children’s health and well-being through good nutrition and healthy exercise.


Who is involved in Grow Healthy?

Grow Healthy is a team effort.  Staff members from many agencies and offices work together on the Grow Healthy initiative.  Partners for Grow Healthy include:

  • SC Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC)
  • Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP)
  • SC Association for Early Care and Education (SCAECE)
  • SC Association for the Education of Young Children (SCAEYC)
  • SC Early Childhood Association (SCECA)
  • Eat Smart Move More South Carolina
  • United Way
  • SC Child Care Resource & Referral (CCR&R)
  • SC Program for Infant and Toddler Care (SCPITC)
  • SC Head Start
  • SC Center for Child Care Career Development (CCCCD)
  • Study of Health and Activity in Preschool Environments (SHAPES)
  • Children’s Trust of South Carolina


How can I be more successful with ABC Grow Healthy?

See new resources to help you in your Grow Healthy efforts


Is there additional information about this initiative?

The Center for Training and Reserach Translation (Center TNT) named Grow Healthy an emerging initiative.  More information is available here.

You may also find the presentation from the Grow Healthy Rollout helpful.

Grow Healthy Documents, Samples, and Recipes

ABC Quality Standards and Documents - The Level A, B, and C Standards include the new Grow Healthy standards for each level.  The Grow Healthy standards are highlighted in yellow in the Level B Standards.