To the editor:
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. National Provider Appreciation Day is a special day to recognize child care providers, teachers and educators of young children everywhere. The founding organizers saw the need to recognize the tireless efforts of providers who care for children of working parents. This year it is celebrated on Friday, May 11th.
When you're looking for child care, you want the best care you can find. You look for a safe, loving program where your child will feel happy and secure. The provider is the person you trust with your child's health, safety, and overall well-being when you are not there.
When you think about the training, skills, and responsibilities good child care providers have, it is important to acknowledge their roles and support them with positive feedback. Child care providers, like all workers, need to be recognized for the work they do. As a parent, you are in the best position to do this.
Today's child care professionals are the world's unsung heroes. Research shows that early childhood is the most critical developmental period in a child's life. It takes a special person to work in this field and the contribution these individuals make to the quality of children's and families' lives too frequently goes unnoticed. Provider Appreciation Day offers a unique opportunity to recognize and commend the unselfish dedication, commitment and compassion that child care providers demonstrate every day.
Please take the time to recognize your provider just as Brown County would like to take the time to thank all the caregivers in the area for the important job they do.
Denise Kamm, Brown County Licensing Social Worker
Part time licensing staff