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Provider Appreciation Day Recognizes Work Of child Care Providers

Submitted by: The Child Care & Development Council of Oswego County
The Child Care & Development Council of Oswego County hosted an evening recognition on May 7 to celebrate Provider Appreciation Day.

From left are: Providers Kristin Hawkins, Shelagh Parkhurst, Donna Kovacs, Danielle Stanton, ICP Executive Director Christina Wilson, providers Angela St. Laurent, and Maria Hilton.
From left are: Providers Kristin Hawkins, Shelagh Parkhurst, Donna Kovacs, Danielle Stanton, ICP Executive Director Christina Wilson, providers Angela St. Laurent, and Maria Hilton.

Provider Appreciation Day is a special day to recognize child care providers, teachers, school-age program staff, child care center directors and staff, and all those who work with children in a variety of ways and are responsible for their education and care.

All registered and licensed child care providers and programs in Oswego County were invited to join together for the celebration.

The CCDC staff recognized providers for their years of service in the early care and learning of the children of our community.

Providers and programs were honored with a reception, certificates, awards, and prizes, as well as materials and information to use at their sites.

The quality and consistency of the relationships between children and their early childhood professionals is critical to the wellbeing of the child and family as a whole.  These providers not only nurture the children’s development but also help parents to have a reliable, safe environment while they work to support their families.

Despite a challenging set of responsibilities and low wages, child care providers continue to supply one of the greatest resources to our communities, families, and young children.

Started in 1996 by a group of volunteers in New Jersey, Provider Appreciation Day is appropriately celebrated each year on the Friday before Mother’s Day.

The founding organizers saw the need to recognize the tireless efforts of providers who care for children of working parents.

For more information about quality early child care and learning, assistance finding child care services, or to start a child care business in your home, call the Child Care & Development Council of Oswego County, a division of Integrated Community Planning, Inc., at 343-2344 or 1-855-437-9286 or visit www.icpoc.org