National Child Care Provider Appreciation Day: May 8, 2015

Written by Theresa Rose on May 4, 2015

The second Sunday in May has long been recognized as the day to honor mothers and their commitment to children. The Friday before Mother’s Day, May 8, 2015, is Provider Appreciation Day, a special day to recognize family/home child care providers, school-age and preschool program staff, child care center directors and staff, and all those who work with children and are responsible for their education and care.

Child Care Resource & Referral of Southeast Iowa (CCR&R) is encouraging families and communities to recognize their child care providers. It takes a special person to work in the child care field, and these individuals are often unrecognized. This day offers an opportunity for parents to show their child care providers their appreciation.

Every day, parents in Southeast Iowa and around the world, depend on child care providers to take care of their children while they work or attend school. May 8th is the day to recognize the hard work and dedication of these providers and to acknowledge their contributions to quality care. Provider Appreciation Day was started in 1996 by a group of volunteers who saw the need to recognize the tireless efforts of providers who care for children of working parents. By recognizing the dedication of child care providers on this day, we remind our communities of the importance of quality child care and let providers know that we recognize and value their important work, and the impact that they have on the children and families.

CCR&R is a nonprofit organization that is part of a statewide system and a nationwide network. The local office (IA Region 5) is located in Davenport, IA and serves 19 counties in southeast Iowa. CCR&R’s goal is to build the awareness of what quality child care looks like, help parents find care, and support and train child care providers. Want to know more about Quality Child Care?