Child Care Aware® of America (CCAoA) will lead Provider Appreciation Day® on May 6 to recognize and celebrate the efforts of child care providers across the country.
Provider Appreciation Day® is celebrated the Friday before Mother’s Day every year to recognize child care providers, teachers and other educators of young children everywhere. CCAoA convenes Provider Appreciation Day® each year to amplify our nation’s collective gratitude for those who support the social, emotional and physical care of our youngest children.
“Child care providers were ‘essential’ long before the pandemic. They keep our children safe, nurture their curiosity and prepare them for a lifetime of learning and growth,” said Lynette M. Fraga, Ph.D., CEO of CCAoA. “Together with our network of Child Care Resource and Referral agencies, nonprofit and business partners, we invite you to join us in thanking and celebrating child care providers across the nation.”
Provider Appreciation Day® was started in 1996 by a group of volunteers in New Jersey, who saw the need to recognize the tireless efforts of providers who care for children of working parents. Support for this event has grown each year and recognition presently includes Child Care Resource & Referral agencies, child care advocates, community-based organizations, government entities, business leaders and individuals throughout the United States.
The Provider Appreciation Day® website, providerappreciation.org, includes:
- Ideas for celebrating and thanking child care providers
- Resources, including a sample letter to request a proclamation from your local government officials, and templates to create certificates or thank you cards for providers
- Video tool for parents and community members to thank their local child care provider
Join in the virtual celebration on social media using #ThankYouChildCare in the days leading up to May 6, 2022.