National Provider Day, also known as National Child Care Provider Day, is annually celebrated on the Friday before Mother’s Day. The special day recognizes child care providers, teachers, and other educators of young children everywhere.
Child care providers deserve a big “Thank you” for their dedication, commitment, and compassion. Less than one-third of the children in America have a full-time stay-at-home parent. Since the child care provider is a partner in raising children, parents carefully choose their child care provider. It may be a private home daycare, a daycare center, an in-home provider, or a live-in nanny. Parents put their trust in their childcare providers as they share child-rearing responsibilities with them.
NATIONAL PROVIDER APPRECIATION DAY HISTORY
National Provider Appreciation Day, was started in 1996 by a group of volunteers in New Jersey. This group saw the need to recognize the tireless efforts of providers who care for children of working parents. Each year since momentum and support have grown, and recognition currently includes individual and government organizations throughout the United States. A proclamation is signed each year by many of the State Governors. For more information on National Provider Appreciation Day visit www.providerappreciationday.org.
HOW TO OBSERVE
Child Care Provider Appreciation Day is a great time to celebrate the important providers in your child’s life!
Ideas for Parents
Let your child care provider know how much you appreciate all they do.