Celebrating our nation’s child care providers since 1996. Provider Appreciation Day 

Provider Appreciation Day was started in 1996 by a group of volunteers in New Jersey, who saw the need to recognize the tireless efforts of providers who care for children of working parents. Support for this event has grown each year and recognition presently includes Child Care Resource & Referral agencies, child care advocates, community-based organizations, government entities and individuals throughout the United States.

Provider Appreciation Day® is celebrated the Friday before Mother’s Day every year to recognize child care providers, teachers and other educators of young children everywhere.

Child Care Aware of America convenes Provider Appreciation Day ® each year to amplify our nation’s collective gratitude for those who support the social, emotional and physical care of our youngest children.