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Thursday, May 10, 2007

May 11 is Provider Appreciation Day

"So, Nate, what're you up to? Are you working? Do you have a job yet? Are you helping out your mom and dad?" I tease my three-year-old nephew.

"Yes," he replies seriously. "I go to Sarah's."

"That's right," his mom answers. "It's Nate's job to go to Sarah's."

Sarah is Nate's child care provider, and has cared for him and his older sister since they were babies. For my brother and sister-in-law, Sarah is not only a care provider, she is a partner in raising their children in a positive, loving and safe environment. The whole family thinks the world of her.

Because of care providers like Sarah, May 11 has been named Provider Appreciation Day. It's a special day to recognize child care providers, teachers and educators of young children everywhere.
Is there a care provider in your life? Now is a great time to let them know how much you appreciate all they do.

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