"Provider Appreciation Day is a special day to recognize child care providers, teachers and other educators of young children everywhere" (ProviderAppreciationDay.org). Child care providers should feel appreciated and recognized for what they are accomplishing with our little walking-talking futures of the world.
This day has actually been around since 1996 and the National Association of Child Care Resource and Referral Agencies (NACCRRA) and National Association for Family Child Care providers (NAFCC) has helped the organization get momentum over the years. There is a website geared to this special day specifically to help providers, parents, sponsors and organizations get the word out in the world and make sure people know about it.
There pages on the site that help give you timelines and ideas to plan your celebration or ideas to get the people in your community involved. Talk to your Associations, Schools and other organizations and start planning your celebration.
Some ideas that other states and cities have done to celebrate:
Luncheon with Keynote speaker and door prizes
Give a Provider Appreciation Day picture frame
Certificate of Recognition
The Provider Appreciation Day website is a little hard to navigate to find the really great information it provides. This is a link to the page that provides the information that I have been talking about above. After there are some events to put up on the site it will be fantastic.
We could start a forum on childcareinfo.com to begin the conversation of what we can do as a child care community to create events and share ideas!