National Provider Appreciation Day: May 11 -- Child Care Providers to Be Recognized

April 30, 2007

ARLINGTON, VA - There are an estimated 2.3 million child care providers working in child care centers, family child care homes, and other care settings in the United States. These individuals are responsible for the health, safety, and well-being of nearly 12 million children under age 5 who are in child care every week. Yet their efforts - in one of the most underpaid professions in the country - often go unrecognized.

"By applauding the dedication of child care providers on May 11, we remind our communities of the importance of high-quality child care, and let providers everywhere know that we recognize and value their important work," says Linda K. Smith, Executive Director of the National Association of Child Care Resource & Referral Agencies (NACCRRA), the lead sponsor of Provider Appreciation Day. "It is important that the care a child receives during the first five years of life be of high-quality because 90 percent of brain development occurs during those years."

NACCRRA, in partnership with the National Association for Family Child Care, is encouraging state and local governments, Child Care Resource & Referral agencies, parents, and others to honor their child care providers on May 11 by hosting luncheons, parades, dedication ceremonies, and other forms of recognition.

In recent years, local governments across the United States have joined many Governors in proclaiming this day of recognition. Around the globe, Department of Defense installations celebrate Provider Appreciation Day by recognizing those who care for the children of military parents living both at home and abroad. This year's celebrations promise to carry on and strengthen Provider Appreciation Day. If you would like to share celebrations planned for this year or successful events held in prior years, please send an email describing the event to info@appreciationday.org and it will be posted on the Provider Appreciation Day website.

To learn more about Provider Appreciation Day and how you can get involved, visit www.providerappreciation.org or call (888) 334-7781.

NACCRRA, the National Association of Child Care Resource & Referral Agencies, is our nation's leading voice for child care. We work with more than 800 state and local Child Care Resource & Referral agencies to ensure that families in every local community have access to high-quality, affordable child care.