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Provider Appreciation Day

Typically the 2nd Friday of May is set aside to celebrate child care and early education providers.

This is a special day to recognize child care providers, teachers and, other educators of young children everywhere. It is also a great time to celebrate the important providers in your child’s life, or to celebrate other individuals you know who are working with young children.

I am so grateful to my son’s preschool teacher and the dedicated staff of individuals that surround him at his early learning program.  Each day they provide a stimulating, loving, educational environment that allows him to thrive and succeed.  I try my best to thank them on a regular basis for all of the little, unseen things they do to enhance my child’s experience.  Hank has grown so much under their care and guidance this year, but I know that thank you doesn’t begin to let them know how important and influential they have been in his life.  Also, as a teacher I remember how many additional hours are put in behind the scenes preparing, rearranging, organizing that all goes into making the classroom experience meaningful.  I know the same goes for a child care provider whether in a home environment, or in a center setting.  What you do each and every day makes a difference in the lives of children!  Thank you for being an active participant in the lives of the children that are entrusted to your care.

Ideas to help celebrate these special individuals from providerappreciationday.org include:

  • Send flowers, cards or a handwritten note of appreciation
  • Prepare and deliver a healthy meal or snack.
  • Work with your child to create a special remembrance
  • Buy something for your provider’s play area
  • Key in on your provider’s hobby and buy an appropriate gift
  • Hang banners or posters
  • Purchase a new piece of equipment in honor of the day
  • Provide a scholarship for an early care education conference or workshop
  • Plan a parent/provider picnic
  • Send a press release to your local newspaper

Recognize the hard work and dedication of our child care and early education professionals, not just this day, but EVERY DAY!

Have a Great Day!

Lisa