Child-care providers recognized |

Child-care providers recognized

Friday is Provider Appreciation Day. What can you do to make this a memorable day for the child-care professional in your life?

Have you every considered how your child care provider helps to mold your child’s life? Whether bound by duty or by love for children, child-care professionals perform a valuable service each and every day they care for, nurture and teach our young children. Child-care professionals help children turn over, crawl and walk. They prepare youngsters for school by showing them how to get along with others, calming their fears, showing them how to put things back together, and teaching them numbers, letters, and colors.

The early childhood years are the most critical development period for all children. Child care providers spend endless energy and countless hours caring for our children.

Consider a few of these examples:

— Donate your time and remain involved in your child’s education. When picking your child up ask if you can read a story, sing a song, help plan the week’s activities.

— Give them a potted plant.

— Invite them over for dinner.

— Send a card or a handwritten note of appreciation.

— Send a teacher e-card through

— Bring breakfast, lunch or a treat for the provider and/or for the kids.

— Have your child create a special remembrance.

— Key in on your provider’s hobbies and buy him/her an appropriate gift.

— Get together with other parents to create a surprise. Pitch in and buy him/her flowers, a massage, spa treatment, a piece of equipment.

— Give your provider a small bonus or pay for a training they would like to attend.

There are many ways to show appreciation. This list is not meant to be exhaustive. Sometimes, a little thank you goes a long way.

Do not let this day go by without a special thank you to this person who is so important to you and your child.

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