National Provider Appreciation Day: Friday, May 9, 2014

Here are a few ways you can show your appreciation:

  • Take them a bouquet of flowers
  • Give a gift card to their favorite place
  • Treat them to lunch
  • Bake them a treat
  • Write a note and tell them how much they have made a difference in your child’s life
A few poems to celebrate child care providers:

I’m  A

Child Care Provider

~ by Marti Doyle ~

I don’t wear power suits, make speeches

or drive a fancy sports car.

I’ve never talked on a car phone, made

a big sale, or been elected to the senate.

I don’t “do lunch”, have a big impressive

office, or carry a beeper.

I spend my days wiping away tears, giving

hugs, and serving chicken nuggets.

A good day is when I go a whole 9 hours

without a temper tantrum, bite mark, or a

toilet training accident.

My office is a room full of brightly

colored toys and laughing children.

You may not think that what I do is very

important. You may even whisper behind

my back “What a waste of a good mind” but

I know better.

I make a difference because

I’m changing the world one child at a time.

Everyday I’m getting a once-in-a-lifetime

chance to touch the future.

I’m proud to say … 

“I’m a Child Care Provider.” 

Childcare IS Important 

~ Abraham Lincoln ~


are people who are going to carry on what you have started.

They are going to sit where you are sitting,

and when you are gone, attend to

those things which you think are important.

You may adopt all the policies you please,

but how they are carried out depends on them.

They will assume control of your cities,

your states, and your nation.

They will move in and take over your churches,

your schools, your universities, and your corporations.

All your books are going to be judged, praised and condemned by them.

The fate of humanity is in their hands.

A Tribute to Child Care Providers

Although you’re not their mother,

You care for them each day.

You cuddle, sing, & read to them, 

and watch them as they play.

You see each new accomplishment,

You help them grow and learn.

You understand their language,

you listen with concern.

They come to you for comfort,

And to kiss away their tears.

They proudly show their work to you,

You give the loudest cheers!

No, you are not their mothers,

but your role is just as strong.

You nurture them and keep them safe,

Though maybe not for long.

You know someday the time may come,

When you will have to part.

But you know each child you cared for,

Is forever in your heart!!!

~author unknown