Child Care Provider Appreciation Day

Every year, child care providers are given the recognition they deserve by dedicating a day in May to them. This year, Child Care Provider Appreciation Day is on Friday, May 8. We invite you to organize a “thank you” car parade to honor child care providers.  Please see the sample Press Release and Planning Guide below.

Sample Tweets

$163 Million was given to child care in NYS in first round of #CARESAct but @NYGovCuomo has only released $30 Million. What is he waiting for? Our babies deserve this  money NOW! #FundChildCare #FundNYSchools #EduBudget 

With schools closed for the rest of the year, the need for quality, affordable child care is more urgent than ever.  @NYGovCuomo @CarlHeastie @AndreaSCousins @melissadderosa @jimmalatras #FundChildCare NOW with the remaining $134 million in CARES Act child care funds. 

To allow for social distancing, child care providers must reduce capacity, follow strict cleaning & safety protocols. @NYGovCuomo @CarlHeastie @AndreaSCousins @melissadderosa @jimmalatras- invest the remaining $134M in #CARESAct child care funds NOW so providers can reopen safely. #FundChildCare

Now more than ever, #NY must #FundChildCare NOW – see our plan:@EmpireStateCCC @WinBeginNY @AQE_NY @NYGovCuomo @CarlHeastie @AndreaSCousins @melissadderosa @jimmalatras

 Without #childcare, NY’s economy cannot reopen.  #FundChildCare NOW  @EmpireStateCCC @WinBeginNY @AQE_NY @NYGovCuomo @CarlHeastie @AndreaSCousins @melissadderosa @jimmalatras

Without #childcare, #NY will not be poised to recover after the #COVID19 emergency subsides.  @NYGovCuomo @CarlHeastie @AndreaSCousins @melissadderosa @jimmalatras #FundChildCare NOW 

25% of NY childcare providers –largely women-owned small businesses — are closed due to #COVID19.  Many will not be able to reopen without support. @NYGovCuomo @CarlHeastie @AndreaSCousins @melissadderosa @jimmalatras #FundChildCare NOW! 

#Afterschool and summer programs are essential to achieving fully-invested, high-quality, responsive continuum of care for children. The State must provide guidance on the $88M in afterschool funds to support these programs. #FundChildCare 

@NYGovCuomo @CarlHeastie @AndreaSCousins @melissadderosa @jimmalatras @NYSYouthSuccess

#FundChildCare & #afterschool programs to meet the needs of NY children and families these programs serve and keep high-quality staff employed during this unprecedented time. These programs are an essential part of our communities’ response to #COVID-19. @NYGovCuomo @CarlHeastie @AndreaSCousins @melissadderosa @jimmalatras @NYSYouthSuccess

#Afterschool programs are helping frontline workers continue to do their jobs by providing emergency #childcare services. The State must allow flexible use for afterschool funds so that programs can continue to serve children & families. #FundChildCare @NYGovCuomo @CarlHeastie @AndreaSCousins @melissadderosa @jimmalatras @NYSYouthSuccess

Sample press release

Child Care Keeps New York State Working — Now More Than Ever 

Every year, child care providers are given the recognition they deserve by dedicating a day in May to them. This year, Child Care Provider Appreciation Day is on Friday, May 8. A “thank you” car parade is being held to honor child care providers, a critical component of our frontline workforce. Without access to high-quality care, parents cannot work; it’s as simple as that. For essential workers during the pandemic – who are being asked to work long hours – child care is essential. Early Childhood Educators are the backbone of the economy; without child care, families would not be able to work. Child care programs provide safe, quality care and education in a place where families feel comfortable leaving their children while they are working. Child care workers across the country are going to work every day, taking care of our children, often at great cost, personal and financial. These small businesses remain open even though they are now operating at a deficit (due to only providing care for essential workers). They are still in operation because they care about the children, their families, and the health of our communities.

While child care centers and child care facilities are not often mentioned in the news as a part of the frontline workforce, Beth Starks (Chautauqua Lake Child Care Center Executive Director), Sue Marker (Child Care Council Director), and The Child Care Council of Chautauqua Opportunities, Inc. want to provide a fun and creative way for parents, families and community members to show their appreciation for these frontline, essential workers who are giving their all each and every day. 

Sample planning guide

On Friday, May 8, everyone is invited to join a “thank you” car parade for our licensed and registered providers! Community members, families and children can join the parade anywhere along our route throughout the county. The car parade will begin at ________________________and end __________________________. Participants are encouraged to decorate their cars, bring signs and boldly show their appreciation for our much deserving Early Education teachers and providers. A little time out of your day to show some appreciation can go a long way in making a heartfelt impact on our child care providers.  Please join in!

For more information on the event, call ________________ or visit __________________ on Facebook for the routes!