Do You know what Friday, May 7th is?
May 7, 2010 is National Provider
May 2nd ~ 8th is National Provider
Provider Appreciation Day is a special day to recognize child care providers, teachers and educators of young children everywhere. Started in 1996 by a group of volunteers in New Jersey, Provider Appreciation Day is appropriately celebrated each year on the Friday before Mother’s Day. The week leading up to this special day has been named “Family Child Care Week” and “Provider Appreciation Week.“ The founding organizers saw the need to recognize the tireless efforts of providers who care for children of working parents. Since then, momentum and support for this event have grown each year and recognition presently includes individuals and government organizations throughout North America, Europe and Asia. Recognition takes many forms including state and municipal government proclamations, local media coverage, business and community events, and private acknowledgement from parents.
Today’s child care providers are the world’s unsung heroes. The child care profession is one of the most underpaid occupations in the country; yet early childhood is the most critical developmental period for all children. Parents and community leaders are encouraged to show their appreciation for child care providers through a variety of means from individual recognition to public events and local media coverage. It takes a special person to work in this field and their contribution to the quality of family life frequently goes unnoticed – until now.
It takes a dedicated person to be successful in the demanding world of today’s child care professional. Provider Appreciation Day offers a unique opportunity to recognize and commend the unselfish dedication, compassion and strong family values that child care providers demonstrate everyday.
The symbol for this very special week is the white Daisy Wreath. Soon, child care providers around the world will proudly display a Daisy Wreath on their front door! Please help us spread the word about this very important symbol… you can help by telling your friends, family and even your child care provider. Consider making your child care provider a Daisy Wreath of her/his very own, using a pre-made wreath, and gluing on white silk or plastic daisies. Even the smallest acts of appreciation can speak volumes to your child care provider! For more information, please visit Provider Appreciation Day’s official website at www.providerappreciation.com.