What is Provider Appreciation Day?
Child care providers were “essential” long before the pandemic. They keep our children safe, nurture their curiosity and prepare them for a lifetime of learning and growth. So on May 6th, 2022 – National Provider Appreciation Day – you join together with cities, counties, and Child Care Resource and Referral Agencies across the United States to celebrate the important role child care providers play in Washington’s communities.
Issuing a proclamation is a straightforward-yet-impactful step local governments can take to publicly acknowledge the important role Child Care plays in our cities and counties. We ready-to-go text below to make drafting a proclamation as quick and easy as possible.
WHEREAS, cities, counties and organizations nationwide are recognizing Child Care Providers on this day; and
WHEREAS, over half the children under the age of six nationwide are estimated to spend some time in a nonparental care arrangement on a weekly basis, which provides critical enrichment opportunities and nurtures development for children of all backgrounds and is a vital building block of our state economy; and
WHEREAS, the COVID-19 pandemic continues to create tremendous hardship for Child Care Providers and the families of Washington who depend on them, forcing providers to risk their health and financial stability to remain open throughout shifting COVID-19 health guidance; and
WHEREAS, Child Care Providers continue to provide essential high-quality early learning experience to Washington’s children in the face of irregular and long hours, high turnover rate in child care businesses, and increasing stressful working conditions due to the impact of burnout, COVID-19, and other workforce-related complications; and
WHEREAS, our future depends on the quality of the early childhood experiences provided to young children today; support for high-quality child care represents a worthy commitment to our children’s future.
Now, therefore, I, (Name), (Position) of the (City/County/etc.) of (Name), hereby proclaim May 6, 2022, as Provider Appreciation Day in (City/County/etc.) and urge all citizens to recognize Child Care Providers for their important work.