Thank a child care provider this Friday in celebration of Provider Appreciation Day.



Tallahassee, Fla. – Governor Rick Scott has proclaimed May 11, 2018, 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, nearly 70 percent attend one of the state’s early education programs. There are more than 14,500 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.

“The most important brain development occurs from birth to age 5,” stated Rodney MacKinnon, executive director of the state’s Office of Early Learning. “High-quality quality early learning programs make a great difference in fostering a foundation for learning during this vital period of a child's life. Child care providers that apply quality learning help prepare children for future success. For that, we owe them our appreciation."

A copy of the proclamation is on the Office of Early Learning 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


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