Healthy food, activity part of SC daycare program

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COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Encouraging young children to be active and eat healthy foods are parts of a new initiative for South Carolina's daycare centers.

Department of Social Services director Lillian Koller said Wednesday that she hopes the ABC Grow Healthy program will help instill good habits in children before they reach school age.

The program is funded by $200,000 from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Officials say the money will be used by daycare facilities to buy small items like sporting equipment and supplies.

The new effort falls under the ABC Child Care Program. That program pays for low-income families to get care for kids through age 12 while the parents work or go to school or job training.

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hootie said on Thursday, Feb 14 at 7:20 PM

Oh by gosh by golly all daycare enrollees are not the PRIVILEGED ABC ones.....thought I'd point that out to you Lilly.....most mothers in the workforce don't get any HAND-OUTS paying for their children's daycare. A darn shame that some are able to do so but not ALL.

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