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Provider Appreciation Day

May 04, 2020

We Love Your Spirit, Rain or Shine

Early childhood educators play a vital role in the healthy development of our young children, providing essential support to Alaska’s working families. On Friday, May 8, thread is celebrating Provider Appreciation Day, a special day to recognize and thank these professionals statewide.

Recognizing early educators takes on a more profound meaning this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Early childhood education programs have been on the frontlines caring for the children of our essential workers. They have been making difficult decisions about whether to remain open or close their doors, keeping informed on rapidly changing protocols to keep children healthy, dealing with financial uncertainty, navigating financial relief programs and much more. Despite the challenges, early educators continue to take steps to do what is best for children and families. These professionals are among this country’s unsung heroes. Help celebrate their spirit, rain or shine!

Ways to Say "Thank You"

  • Say “thank you” on our gratitude wall below! 
  • From May 4 to 8, use the materials in the below Thank You Toolkit in your social media posts, along with the hashtags: #ProviderAppreciationDay #ThanksEarlyEducators
  • Have children draw pictures, take a photo of them, then text or email to their early educators.
  • Video chat with your early educator and say “thank you” face-to-face.
  • Get more ideas here.

Please tell families, businesses, organizations and others about this important occasion and share the tips above as examples of ways to show gratitude to Alaska’s early childhood educators on May 8.


Gratitude Wall

Thank your early childhood educator on our gratitude wall! Click the image below to leave your written message, photo, video or recording!



Thank You Toolkit

We hope that you enjoy and share these ideas on social media to honor child care providers on May 8!

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From Child Care Aware of America: