To the Editor:
Friday, May 11, is Provider Appreciation Day, a special day to recognize child care providers. It is estimated that nearly 11 million children under age 5 are cared for by 2.8 million providers in the United States.
Provider Appreciation Day was started in 1996; local governments across the United States have joined many governors in proclaiming this day of recognition. Celebrations are planned throughout the United States to honor and thank child care providers for their hard work and commitment to children. In Morrison County providers will be honored during the annual Providers Recognition Banquet at Cabin Fever Friday.
It takes a special person to work in the child care field, and these individuals are often unrecognized. This day offers an opportunity for parents to show their child care providers their appreciation.
This is the day to recognize the hard work and dedication of providers and to acknowledge their contributions to quality care. To learn more or for ideas on how you can thank your child care provider, visit www.providerappreciationday.org. — Pierz Support Group, Joyce Loscheider
and Licensed Family Child Care Association of Morrison County, Lola Lilga