Provider Appreciation Day 2015

Every Friday before Mother's Day is the day of child care provider appreciation. A great day to choose for the appreciation of the children's caretakers when their parents have to go to work.

I am a mom of two, a 2.5 year old and a 9 month old.  When I had my first child I remember thinking, how do child care providers do this all day with multiple children?  Then I had my second and I am in even more disbelief.

How do child care providers care for these children with such grace, respect and empathy? It is pure magic to watch them diffuse difficult situations - all. day. long.  These moments run the gamut of the hysterical child not wanting to say goodbye to mom, the child continuously asking when daddy is going to pick them up, the children battling over whose turn it is to play with "that toy," or the child who has willfully hidden themselves in the play structure because they don't want to go in for naptime.

They skillfully observe and listen to children learning how to interact with each other - "Suzy, we don't use our hands for hitting," "Are you ok, Johnny? Johnny, did you tell Suzy that you don't like how she used her hands and that she hurt your body?"  Suzy, ask Johnny if there is something you can do to help him feel better?"  

Stopping in the moment these children need guidance to teach them how to treat one another.

Child care providers diffuse these situations (all. day. long.) all while changing diapers, washing hands, talking to parents, kissing boo boos (then writing the ouchie report for the parent), setting out lunch boxes or cooking the lunch, setting out nap cots and....

Child care providers, you are exceptional people and your chosen career path is changing the world one loved child at a time.  

Thank you for taking care of my kids, thank you for caring for our community and thank you for being who you are.


Samantha Marshall, M.A.

Samantha is, just like you, excited to make a difference in our community and our world. With a Master of Arts degree in English Literature, you might ask how she found herself building and writing for a website focused on child care. From 1995 through 2001, Samantha started her career working for Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) sponsors which introduced her to the importance of non-profits, community and quality child care. Her experience with Sponsors, State Officials, and Family Child Care Providers left a great and lasting impression. Later in her career and her most recent position at SAGE Publications, an academic publisher, was as a product manager for a new online resource! During this time many of Samantha's passions collided. A love for the written word, children and the proliferation of knowledge as well as a fascination with the resources the internet gives us, building a community for child care on is the perfect way to make the difference she wanted to. Needless to say, she is very excited to be an active part of creating and building