May 12th is Provider Appreciation Day! Here at NAFCC, we want to honor and celebrate the one million family child care providers in the United States that contribute so much to the children they care for, their families, and their communities. Millions of children depend on family child care providers to nourish their minds, bodies, and spirits.

Family child care providers are the unsung heroes of our early care and education system in this country. We know how hard your job can be and how incredibly important it is. You are helping to shape future generations when you open your homes to the children in your care. At NAFCC, we sing your praises every day, from local meetings to the Capitol Building in Washington, DC., and everywhere in-between. May 12th is a day to standup and make a special point of acknowledging the important work you do.

On May 12th, if you are a family child care provider, take a moment and pat yourself on the back. Reflect on the contribution you make to the children in your care, the peace of mind you give their parents, and the contributions you make to your community and the future of this great nation. If you know a family child care provider, please be sure to tell them “thank you” on May 12th, for the boundless love they give to children in their care and the sometimes enormous sacrifices they make for others.

From all of us at NAFCC, along with Provider Appreciation of the Month sponsor, Child Care Aware of America, and our other partners, the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), the National Head Start Association (NHSA), the National Indian Child Care Association (NICCA), Teachstone®, and the Afterschool Alliance, please accept our profound gratitude for all you do for our nation’s children and their families.


Bill Hudson