Did you know we have a National Child Care Provider Day? Also, known as Provider Appreciation Day. This day was started by a group of volunteers in New Jersey back in 1996. This group wanted a day to recognize the tireless efforts of child care providers who care for children of working parents. It is celebrated annually on the Friday before Mother’s Day. This year it will be celebrated on Friday, May 10th, 2019.
I did not know about Provider Appreciation Day until one day I decided to look it up and voilà! Who would have thought? All though poorly unrecognized at least in my area. But, I think it’s highly important that we as child care providers make this day known and celebrate it.
The most beautiful satisfaction in the world is when someone appreciates your work. -author unknown
How do we celebrate this day?
I believe we celebrate this day by spreading the word about Child Care Provider Appreciation Day. It’s time the support and recognition of this day become well-known across the United States and beyond. I think in all my years of doing child care I’ve had one parent wish me a Happy Child Care Provider Day with this World’s Best Child Care Provider Certificate. Let’s change this and blow up our social media accounts with thank yous to our fellow child care providers.
And don’t get me wrong I’m not saying that my daycare parents aren’t telling me they appreciate me, I do get that quite often. But it’s just nice to have a day dedicated for this very reason, just like Teacher Appreciation Day. Which is a day to honor and appreciate teachers and recognize their lasting contributions to education and society and the lives of their students. And I have been recognized on this day by families in my daycare too, so thank you. 🙂
Thank a Provider
Do a Google search for child care appreciation day images and pick an image to share on your social media accounts. I’ve created some GIFs below for you to use, but there are plenty of awesome child care appreciation day images out there to choose from. Like on this Pinterest board by ChildCare Education Institute.
Make sure to tell all the child care providers in your life to have a Happy Child Care Provider Appreciation Day. And be sure to hashtag your post with #providerappreciationday so we can see all the love being given out there.
You can use these GIF images by visiting our GIPHY Channel @hellodaycare and sharing them on your social media accounts.
What can parents do?
Honestly, the best thing parents can do by also recognizing this day is to give a provider a good, honest review on their Facebook, Google, and/or Yelp page. This would mean the world for a provider to receive a review from you on Provider Appreciation Day. Also, remember to like or follow your child care provider on all their social media channels, like Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook.
Of course, spreading the word about Provider Appreciation Day would be a big plus too. Have you thanked your child care provider today?
Remember to spread the word about Provider Appreciation Day #providerappreciationday! Thank you for your dedication, support, patience, and love you provide for the children in your care.