Understanding South Carolina’s ABC Child Care program is as easy as learning your ABC’s.
Since 1992, the DSS ABC Child Care Program has paid for low-income children to attend
child care so their parents could work, or so they could attend school or training
in order to obtain a job. The ABC Child Care program and its standards are purely
voluntary. Vouchers are paid to child care providers who choose to participate based
on the following 3 payment levels:
- providers meeting the highest standards of care provided
in the state
- providers meeting standards above licensing requirements
- providers meeting basic health and safety requirements (licensed or
legally exempt from licensing requirements).
In addition to the payment, providers at Levels A and B have also been paid a $5
bonus for each ABC funded child each week.
It is very important for parents to be able to choose the kind of care they want for their child. Therefore, the ABC Voucher Program pays the following providers to care for children:
All providers must be legally operating.
- Licensed Centers
- Licensed Churches
- Licensed Group Child Care Homes
- Licensed or Registered Family Child Care Homes
- Exempt Programs (such as Afterschool Programs)
- Family, Friend, or Neighbor Care