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April 6, 2011
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, more than 11.3 million children under the age of 5 spend some part of their week in child care. If this number includes your family, chances are you've added an extended family member or two to your daily routine. And you've selected a person that you feel will provide the best care for your child.
Child care providers put a lot of love and hard work into their careers, and they're often rewarded with little hugs and a "thank you" every now and then. As your child spends time with his/her child care provider, a special bond begins to form. This person is an additional teacher, friend and trusted caregiver. Your child shares many special moments with the child care provider, and you enoy the benefits of these relationships on a daily basis.
This year, take some time to show your child care provider how much you appreciate what she does for your family. On Friday, May 6, 2011, the nation will celebrate National Provider Appreciation Day - a day set aside each year to honor those who are caring for our young children.
Your child's caregiver is special to both you and your child. Provider Appreciation Day is just one day set aside to recognize the work child care providers do. Make sure to take time throughout the year as well to let your child care provider know how much you appreciate her.