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Provider Appreciation Day is May 9

May 1, 2014
By Sue Junge , Times-Republican

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. Now it's your turn to show your providers how much YOU appreciate them. Remember, they are your child's second parents and often spend more time with your children then you do, especially during the week. Iowa leads the nation in having both parents in the workforce, so our need for quality child care providers out numbers the rest of the nation. I remember when I was a home provider and a director of a child care center, it meant so much to me to have my parents recognize in some way they appreciated all I did for them and their children. It didn't have to be a big gift at all, even a thank you card with appreciative words meant so much. So, if you have a good provider, try to let them know often how much you truly do appreciate all they do for your children. You don't have to spend big bucks, just letting them know in anyway means so much! Here are a few ideas on what you can do to show your appreciation:



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