Friday is Provider Appreciation Day. Thank a child care provider.
Scott ISSUES proclaMATION FOR provider appreciation day
Tallahassee, Fla. – Governor Rick Scott has proclaimed May 12, 2017, Provider Appreciation
Day in the state of Florida. The Friday before Mother’s Day is also a national
day of recognition for child care providers.
Florida is home to approximately 1.4
million children younger than 5. Of these, more than 334,000 attend one of the
state’s early education programs. There are more than 14,240 child care
providers in the state. Early learning coalitions across Florida are holding
appreciation events and activities to recognize local early learning program child
care providers in their communities and service areas.
“Brain development is most rapid from
birth to 5,” stated Rodney MacKinnon, executive director of the state’s Office
of Early Learning. “That is the time when children are building a foundation
for learning that will last a lifetime. High-quality quality early learning
programs make a great difference in preparing children for future success in
school and life. Child
care providers who provide this kind of learning to our children deserve our
A copy of the proclamation is on the Office of EarlyLearning website.
Provider Appreciation Day is a special day to recognize child care providers, teachers
and other educators of young children everywhere. Started in 1996 by a group of
volunteers in New Jersey who saw the need to recognize the efforts of providers
who care for children of working parents, the day is celebrated each year on
the Friday before Mother's Day. Momentum and support for the event have grown
each year and recognition presently includes individuals and government
organizations throughout the United States. More information is available at www.ProviderAppreciationDay.org.
Part of the Florida Department of Education,
the Office of Early Learning administers Florida’s Voluntary Prekindergarten
Education, School Readiness and Child
Care Resource and Referral programs through 30 local early learning coalitions
to ensure Florida’s children are emotionally, physically, socially and
intellectually prepared to enter school and ready to learn. More than 334,000
children from birth to school age are enrolled in VPK and school readiness
programs in Florida. To learn more, visit www.FloridaEarlyLearning.com or call 850-717-8604.