Gov. Kelly Proclaims May 12th as Child Care Provider Appreciation Day

Signing of Child Care Provider Appreciation Day Proclamation Kansas

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Governor Kelly Recognizes Providers

Kansas Governor Laura Kelly has proclaimed May 12th as Child Care Provider Appreciation Day. This is a significant recognition of the hard work and dedication of child care providers in the Sunflower State.


Signing of Child Care Provider Appreciation Day Proclamation Kansas
Signing of Child Care Provider Appreciation Day Proclamation by Governor Laura Kelly, KS. Image and proclamation courtesy of the Kansas Department of Health and Environment

Child care providers are a vital part of our communities. They provide safe and nurturing environments for children while their caregivers are at work or pursuing education. They play a critical role in the development and education of young children, laying the foundation for future success.

Providers Conquered Unprecedented Challenges

Throughout the pandemic, child care providers faced unprecedented challenges. They have had to adapt to new safety protocols and procedures while providing care for children of essential workers. Many providers have gone above and beyond to ensure the safety and well-being of the children in their care, often at great personal risk.

Governor Kelly’s proclamation recognizes the dedication and hard work of child care providers and serves as a reminder of the important role they play in our communities. It is an opportunity to thank child care providers for their tireless efforts, especially during this challenging time.

Child Care Providers Deserve Appreciation & Support

Child care providers deserve our support and appreciation every day, but PAD provides a special opportunity to show our gratitude. There are many ways to celebrate this day, from sending a thank-you note or gift to your child’s provider to advocating for policies that support affordable and accessible child care for all families.

Kansas residents have already started showing their support!

In conclusion, Governor Kelly’s proclamation is a much-deserved recognition of the important work of child care providers. Let us take this opportunity to express our gratitude and support for the critical role they play in our communities.

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