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Provider Appreciation Day

Provider Appreciation Day is a yearly event for parents and the community to recognize the impor- tance of child care providers. Providers support families and make it possible for many parents to work and contribute to the national economy. Pro- vider Appreciation Day began in New Jersey in 1996. A group of volunteers put it together to bring attention to and applaud the every day dedi- cation and good work of child care providers. Each year since 1996, it has been on the Friday before Mother’s Day. In 2008 it is celebrated on Friday, May 9.

are suggestions from the Provider Appreciation Day website on what you can do:

As an Individual or Group of Parents:

Say “thank you” with a note or a card Work with your child on a special homemade gift Buy a personal gift for your provider around his or her hobby or interest Organize a breakfast or luncheon Hold a special event or ceremony Write an editorial to your local newspaper Give your provider a paid day off, a raise or bonus Hold your own Provider Appreciation Day Event at your child care program

Now, Provider Appreciation Day is put to- gether by a national, nonprofit organization that goes by the same name. Provider Appreciation Day’s mission is to help bring worldwide recogni- tion to support the invaluable work of child care providers. With a partnership with the National Association of Child Care Resource & Referral Agencies (NACCRRA) and the National Associa- tion for Family Child Care (NAFCC), Provider Appreciation Day also brings individuals and gov- ernment organizations throughout North America, Europe and Asia working together to work with the same goal. Celebrations and recognition activi- ties include:

state and local government proclamations, local media coverage, business and community events, and personal acknowledgement of providers by parents

What You Can Do to Support Providers

To recognize your child care provider or others in your community on Provider Appreciation Day, decide how you’d like to show that appreciation. Get together with other parents, community lead- ers, business leaders, or act individually to let your child care providers know that you appreciate them. This is just one opportunity to say ‘thank you’ to providers who help young children feel safe and secure and get a good start in early learn- ing. Your recognition can take many forms. Here

Whatever way you choose will not only bring more public atten- tion to the role of child care providers, but it will be a way for you to show individual child care providers their ef- forts do not go unno- ticed or unappreciated. It’s a wonderful chance to thank child care pro- viders and support them. It is also a great time to publicly recognize them and keep the importance of child care and early education in the minds of the community and government offi- cials.

Visit the Provider Appreciation Day website: www.providerappreciation.org for information on how the Day got started, as well as ideas and gifts you can purchase to show sup- port for your child’s pro- vider or for all child care providers at the state and local levels.

Reprinted with permission from The Daily Parent, a newsletter for parents prepared by NACCRRA, the National Association of Child Care Resource and Referral Agencies, with funding from the Citigroup Foundation, New York, New York. © 2007NACCRRA. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

Family Care Connection is part of OSU Extension Service. We provide Child Care Resource & Referral for families in Lincoln County. You can reach us at 265-2558 or 800-603-2728. Visit our website http://extension.oregonstate.edu/lincoln/familycare/fcc.php

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