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New York State Celebrates Early Childhood Educator and Child Care Provider Appreciation Week May 8-12, 2023

Early Childhood Educator and Child Care Provider Appreciation Week recognizes the remarkable work of all New York State's early childhood educators and child care professionals.

This year, the New York State Office of Children and Family Services (OCFS) is celebrating Monday, May 8 thru Friday, May 12 as a way to express gratitude to our early childhood educators and child care professionals, all of whom are dedicated to the growth and safety of our children. Join us in showing appreciation to our early childhood educators and child care professionals not just this week, but every day.

Thank you child care providers for all the ways you care for our children.

Governor Kathy Hochul proclaims May 12, 2023 as Provider Appreciation Day

Provider Appreciation Day recognizes the remarkable work of all of New York State’s child care professionals.

New York State celebrates Friday, May 12, as Provider Appreciation Day to express gratitude to our child care professionals, all of whom are dedicated to the growth and safety of our children. Each day providers commit to supporting families by developing the cognitive, socio-emotional, and physical well-being of our children and our future. The jobs of child care professionals are tough, and so it’s with our deepest gratitude that we thank them and applaud their remarkable efforts.

National Provider Appreciation Day was introduced in 1996 by a group of volunteers in New Jersey who wanted to commemorate the ongoing efforts of all child care professionals. Join us in showing appreciation to our childcare professionals not just today, but every day.

Thank You from Acting Commissioner Suzanne Miles-Gustave and Deputy Commissioner Nora Yates
For Kids and Parents

Help show your appreciation for your child care provider by personalizing one or more of these printable sheets.

More Ideas to Celebrate Provider Appreciation Day

  • How Can Families Acknowledge Providers? Word | PDF
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