May 6th is Provider Appreciation Day!

May 3, 2022 | What's New?

You’re Invited!

When: May 6, 2022

Where: Your Child Care Program or Social Media

Please join Healthy Child Care Colorado, Governor Polis, and many other community organizations across the country in observing Provider Appreciation Day to celebrate the efforts of local child care providers. Join the virtual celebration on social media using #ThankYouChildCare.

Provider Appreciation Day is celebrated the Friday before Mother’s Day every year to recognize child care providers, teachers, and other educators of young children everywhere. This is a day to amplify our collective gratitude for those who support the social, emotional, and physical care of our youngest children. 

“Child care providers were ‘essential’ long before the pandemic. They keep our children safe, nurture their curiosity and prepare them for a lifetime of learning and growth,” said Lynette M. Fraga, Ph.D., CEO of Child Care Aware® of America. “Together with our network of member organizations, nonprofit and business partners, we invite you to join us in thanking and celebrating child care providers across the nation.” 

Healthy Child Care Colorado has provided steadfast support to providers throughout the pandemic and we’re incredibly proud to serve the dedicated early childhood workforce in Colorado. Please join us in thanking our many providers who have gone above and beyond to provide care and education to our youngest learners.   

The Provider Appreciation Day website, includes:  

  • Ideas for celebration 
  • Resources, including a sample letter to request a proclamation from your local government officials, and templates to create certificates or thank you cards for providers 
  • Video tool for parents and community members to thank their local child care provider.
  • Join the #ThankYouChildCare Twitter Chat on Friday, May 6 @ 11 am MT

A Brief History  

Provider Appreciation Day was started in 1996 by a group of volunteers in New Jersey, who saw the need to recognize the tireless efforts of providers who care for children of working parents. Support for this event has grown each year and recognition presently includes Child Care Resource & Referral agencies, child care advocates, community-based organizations, government entities, business leaders, and individuals throughout the United States.