Child Care Provider Appreciation Day is celebrated nationally each year on the Friday before Mother's Day to recognize child care providers' tireless efforts and dedication to delivering quality care. By recognizing these dedicated caregivers, we are reminded of the importance of their work and the positive impact high-quality child care can have on children throughout their entire lives.
Many state and local governments across the country have joined other governors in proclaiming this day of recognition. This year, Governor Ducey issued a proclamation declaring Friday, May 6, Child Care Provider Appreciation Day.
At DES, the Child Care Administration (CCA) assists eligible families with child care expenses, which allows parents to work, attend school or attend training for a new career. Most families who participate in the program are low-income working parents; parents on cash assistance who are looking for work; those attending school who are employed at least 20 hours per week; and teenage parents working to finish high school. Last year, CCA helped pay for the care of 51,972 children through more than 3,000 approved child care providers across the state.
Each day, thousands of parents rely on child care providers to maintain a safe environment for their children while they are at work. Other parents choose to send their children to a child care provider to receive quality care and education in preparation for school. Research shows children undergo rapid growth in physical, cognitive and psychosocial development during early childhood. And since many children spend most of their waking hours with a child care provider, it is important that it be one who offers safe, healthy and nurturing care during the early childhood years.
It takes a special person to work in the child care field, so it is important to show appreciation to these individuals, including those who may not immediately come to mind, such as:
- Teachers, cooks, bus drivers, directors and other staff at child care centers and local schools;
- Family child care providers and child care group home providers;
- Relatives, neighbors and friends who care for children;
- Nannies and in-home providers; and/or
- Anyone who works with children and is responsible for their education and care.
If you'd like to show appreciation and recognition, here are some ideas:
- Send flowers, cards or a handwritten note of appreciation;
- Join other parents to create a surprise or purchase a gift;
- Have children work on art projects to be given as a gift;
- Donate classroom supplies, books, toys, and/or gift cards; or
- Simply say "Thank you!" with a smile.
Please join Governor Ducey and DES in recognizing child care providers for the invaluable contributions to Arizona's families.
If you would like more information about CCA services, please visit the DES website.