Provider Appreciation Day was started in 1996 by a group of volunteers in New Jersey and is celebrated every year on the Friday before Mother’s Day. Besides saying thank you (we do) and cheering that you are essential (you are), we and all of our partners must continue to take a stand and demand action for investment in you, your work, and the spaces and places where you create the opportunities for children and families to thrive. You deserve to thrive too, and we will never stop saying it. We support, thank and celebrate – and we must advocate, together.