Learn about our Provider of the Month, Joy Phelps and the staff at the Hampton University Child Development Center in Hampton, VA.
Child Care Provider Appreciation Day
Provider Appreciation Day is a special day to recognize child care providers, teachers and other 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. Momentum and support for this event has grown each year and recognition presently includes individuals and government organizations throughout the United States.
Provider Appreciation Day has been supported by groups in all 50 states as well Canada, Europe and Asia. Supporters have initiated proclamations that have been signed by many local governments and governors, gained media coverage, and planned events where business and community leaders as well as parents have honored child care providers and others in the child care workforce on this important day.
To honor and recognize providers and members of the workforce for their contributions to the growth, health, and education of our next generation, we would like to highlight the stars in this field as an example to their peers not just annually but monthly!
Find out more about our most recent Provider of the Month here.
What’s in it for the provider
Each Provider of the Month will be featured in a Child Care of Aware® of America blog post, highlighted in various e-newsletter publications by Provider Appreciation Day partners, and their story shared on social media and to their local news outlets.
In addition, Provider Appreciation Day partners will request a letter of recognition from the center or provider’s member of Congress, acknowledging their achievement, and all Providers of the Month will be honored by Child Care Aware® of America.
Nominate a provider
If you are nominating a provider in your community, send us an email with the following information providing examples of outstanding care you’ve received or witnessed.