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Governor 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 appreciation.”

A copy of the proclamation is on the Office of EarlyLearning website.

National 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


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 or call 850-717-8604.

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