Provider Appreciation Day - May 10, 2024

Dear Child Care Provider,

You are a critical part of our state. Your expertise, your empathy, and your effort shape children’s health, well-being, and academic outcomes, as well as their ability to contribute to the workforce and our communities for the rest of their lives.

Child Care Aware of Kansas thanks you for your service to families and communities across Kansas. See more words of gratitude from our partners below.

How Kansas Communities are Celebrating Child Care

Below is our Kansas Child Care Appreciation “Bulletin Board” which displays PAD (Provider Appreciation Day) events happening across the Sunflower State. If you would like to submit an event to be displayed, click the button below. 


7011 E Central Ave. I  Wichita


1745 Wildcat Creek Rd. I  Manhattan


219 S. Main St.  I  McPherson


3301 West 18th Avenue | Emporia

The Early Childhood Education program at Flint Hills Technical College is hosting the Fill Your Bucket: A Child Care Providers Appreciation Event on Wednesday, May 8th from 6-8 PM at the Trusler Conference Center at Flint Hills Technical College. This event will offer participants opportunities to visit booths of local businesses and support services for early childcare and preschool providers. 

You are invited to attend this event.  

The first 100 attendants to sign up will receive FHTC SWAG bags,  book sets, and a chance to win door prizes.  

Please sign up by following the link below. 

If you have any questions, please feel free to email or call.

Nancy L. Robinson, Director of Early Childhood Education, Flint Hills Technical College: 620-341-1326

Families - How to Thank Your Provider

Here are some ideas and materials to help you say, “Thank You” to your provider on May 10th!

Coloring Pages – print and have your children color and take to their provider. 

Social Media – post on your social media accounts and tag your provider. 

Videos and Images – take a picture of your child(ren) holding a “Thank You” sign or record a video of your family saying “Thank You”. Print it, post it on social media, or text it to your provider.

Easily download and post these social media tiles to your networks. Don’t forget to tag your provider so they can see your words of gratitude. 

Communities- How to Thank Providers

Here are some ideas to help you say, “Thank You” to providers on May 10th! Don’t forget to visit Child Care Aware of America’s website for more ideas and information about Provider Appreciation Day!

Social Media – Post a thank you message on your social media accounts thanking providers for the impact they are making. Find ideas here

Proclamation – By requesting a proclamation to officially recognize May 10, 2024, you can help raise awareness among your elected officials about the vital work of providers in your community and across your state. Don’t wait – use Child Care Aware of America’s simple form to request a proclamation today!   

Virtual Meetings – Change your Zoom and Teams backgrounds to spread awareness of Provider Appreciation day. 

Learn about child care in your county and how you can help support early childhood education.