#ThankYouChildCare Toolkit

Thank you for becoming a supporter of Provider Appreciation Day® 2022. Plan your celebration with the resources below. Questions? Email meg.biallas@usa.childcareaware.org.  

Media Outreach

Let media outlets know about your celebration by pitching your event using these talking points. This year, we’ve added a tip sheet on how to pitch to reporters. Promote your celebration to your members or constituents by sharing sample text for your newsletter, magazine or listserv. 

Proclamation

Request your local elected official to declare May 6 as Provider Appreciation Day. Go a step further and coordinate your request with community partners, child care advocates and local businesses.  

Video Message

Encourage your networks to record a message of gratitude.  

Social Media

Download sample social media posts, social media graphics sized for Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and LinkedIn.

Printable Assets

Thank the child care providers in your community with these messages of gratitude. Print and provide them to families and communities members so they can send a personal note of thanks. If you are a child care resource and referral agency, offer to host a drop off location and coordinate the distribution.    

Digital Assets

Show your support for child care providers. Save and upload the following backgrounds for your next video call.    

Celebration Ideas

Looking for additional ideas on how to celebrate? Here are some tips from child care resource and referral agencies around the country. 

  • Run a social media contest encouraging families to nominate their provider on social media for a gift basket giveaway. Ask local businesses to contribute an item. – Child Care Aware of Minnesota
  • Distribute thank you cards to families and community leaders. Especially encourage young children to put their own “mark” on the card through a drawing or artwork. Provide a drop off box at your CCR&R to collect the cards and then distribute them to providers. – Child Care Resource & Referral of Wisconsin
  • Partner with another community organization, like United Way, to distribute celebratory materials, like stickers or send with your next mailing. Include instructions that encourage people to take photos of themselves wearing the stickers. – Child Care Resource & Referral of Wisconsin
  • Invite members of the community to record a short message of thanks, and then compile into a montage reel. Share on social media and tag everyone who participated. – New York State Child Care Resource and Referral and TowerLight Minnesota
  • Invite child care providers to a self-care workshop focused on growing local produce and preparing nutritious meals. Include an activity kit for growing kitchen herbs and include a gift card to a local home improvement store or gardening center. – PATCH Hawaii