Friday, May 8, Is Provider Appreciation Day

Each year, the Friday before Mother’s Day is set aside to acknowledge the important work of early childhood professionals.

Provider Appreciation Day is a day to recognize child care providers, teachers and other educators of young children everywhere – a day to show appreciation for the tireless efforts of providers who care for children of working parents. There are many ways you can show thanks to your child care providers as a parents or group of parents.

While a simple “thank you” is important on Provider Appreciation Day, remember to think of ways you can show appreciation for your child care provider throughout the year. Here are a few ideas to get you started.

  • Nominate your provider for to receive national recognition for their work
  • Get together with other parents and create a surprise.
  • Send flowers, cards or a handwritten note of appreciation.
  • Bring breakfast or lunch for your provider.
  • Work with your child to create a special remembrance.
  • Buy something for your provider’s play area.
  • Call local restaurants, retail or grocery stores to request gift certificates for child care providers.
  • Purchase a new piece of equipment in honor of the day.
  • Organize a spa day.
  • Plan a parent/provider picnic.

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