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Appreciate your child's care giver today!

Moms View Message Board: General Discussion: Archive May 2006: Appreciate your child's care giver today!
By Cat on Friday, May 12, 2006 - 08:26 am:

Taken from this website.

May 12, 2006 is National Provider Appreciation Day
Provider Appreciation Day is a special day to recognize child care providers, teachers and educators of young children everywhere. Started in 1996 by a group of volunteers in New Jersey, Provider Appreciation Day is appropriately celebrated each year on the Friday before Mother's Day. The founding organizers saw the need to recognize the tireless efforts of providers who care for children of working parents. Since then, momentum and support for this event have grown each year and recognition presently includes individuals and government organizations throughout North America, Europe and Asia. Recognition takes many forms including state and municipal government proclamations, local media coverage, business and community events, and private acknowledgement of providers by parents. A recent national study, The National Economic Impacts of the Child Care Sector sponsored by the National Child Care Association, shows that there are at least 2.8 million people who earn their money by teaching and caring for young children or by working in directly related jobs. Over the past decade, the demand for child care has increased. Who's minding the kids is crucial. Provider Appreciation Day is held so everyone can appreciate the number and importance of child care workers. The early childhood profession not only plays a critical role in supporting healthy families and children but is also a key part of our entire national economy.

Today's child care providers are the world's unsung heroes. The child care profession is one of the most underpaid occupations in the country; yet early childhood is the most critical developmental period for all children. Parents and community leaders are encouraged to show their appreciation for child care providers through a variety of means from individual recognition to public events and local media coverage. It takes a special person to work in this field and their contribution to the quality of family life frequently goes unnoticed - until now.

It takes a dedicated person to be successful in the demanding world of today's child care professional. Provider Appreciation Day offers a unique opportunity to recognize and commend the unselfish dedication, compassion and strong family values that child care providers demonstrate everyday. Provider Appreciation Day needs your support to continue to be successful. Individuals and groups can network with other child care groups today and begin to plan events, schedule media coverage and issue proclamations. Begin to notify parents, community groups, and government leaders so that they, too, can participate in this important recognition event throughout your community.

I'm in no way tooting my own horn here because I'm a child care provider. The reason I posted this is so you can each appreciate your child's care giver, be it YOU, a center, a family member, a home child care, a friend or neighbor, their teacher at school, or whoever! For those who care for other people's children, WE APPRECIATE YOU!!!

By Jackie on Friday, May 12, 2006 - 08:45 am:

I wonder if that is why its "Teachers appreciation week" this week in our area.
We bought my daughters teacher a pretty flowering plant(I dont even know what it is called)from the garden center down the street, and also a big box of cookies. My daughter proudly walked in yesterday with this for her teacher and said "This is for teacher appreciation". I dont think my daughter knew what that means. She was sure proud to give this to her teacher. This is the same teacher my son had in 1st grade as well, so I know her really well. Its sad, because we were the only ones who gave her something?...Who knows, she may have gotten a ton of stuff today.
I do appreciate my kids teachers.

By Trina~moderator on Friday, May 12, 2006 - 08:59 am:

Great post, Cat! My kids have never had a childcare provider (other than ME, LOL!) but I used to teach in a preschool/daycare and it was a very demanding job. They definitely deserve praise and thanks!

Jackie, my kids gave their teachers gifts on Tuesday - Home made "Chicken Noodle Soup In-a-Jar" and O Henry bars. :)

By Conni on Friday, May 12, 2006 - 10:16 am:

Blake picked his teacher out a very pretty pot with butterflies on it and a Begonia to plant in it. He was very excited to give it to her. He said he was going to hold it behind his back and make her guess what it is. ROFL He is a mess. He also took apple slices and doughnut holes (does that balance out somehow? hehe) for the class.

This was called Teacher Appreciation week at Blake's school and the kids were asked to write a poem or draw a pic for their teacher. Er, we never got that done. (between painting and 2 baseball games) Hopefully the flower will be sufficient.

Trina, O Henry bars sound so good!

By Tayjar on Friday, May 12, 2006 - 10:22 am:

Instead of giving the my kids' teachers presents, I am making contributions in their honor to the fund raiser the school is having for the boy from our town that has cancer. The teachers had asked for no gifts but I thought this would be a nice compromise.

By Cat on Friday, May 12, 2006 - 10:58 am:

We're picking up a flower for Randy's teacher before I go pick up a kindergartener today. I'm going to have Robin run it in to the office to be sent to her classroom. Randy told me this morning before school what to get her and specifically what the card should say! lol So I ordered some type of violet in a pot (not cut flowers--I hate giving someone something that will die!) with either butterflys on the pot or a butterfly pic (special meaning for their class). His teacher is an awesome teacher and person. :)

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