Arlington, VA - Child care organizations and parents across the globe are joining together the Friday before Mother's Day, May 9, 2008, to celebrate Provider Appreciation Day. Provider Appreciation Day is a special day to recognize child care providers, teachers, school-age program staff, child care center directors and staff, and all those who work with children in a variety of ways and are responsible for their education and care.
ARLINGTON, VA - There are an estimated 2.3 million child care providers working in child care centers, family child care homes, and other care settings in the United States. These individuals are responsible for the health, safety, and well-being of nearly 12 million children under age 5 who are in child care every week. Yet their efforts - in one of the most underpaid professions in the country - often go unrecognized.