Director Jerri Thompson reads to a class of children.

Director Jerri Thompson reads to a class of children at St. George’s Episcopal School.

Mother’s Day isn’t the only day in May that we celebrate those individuals who nurture and develop children. Child care providers also deserve recognition, which is why today is National Provider Appreciation Day.

Workforce Solutions Capital Area provides subsidized childcare assistance to eligible low- to moderate-income families in Travis County while parents can find work or complete training to support their families. Our services related to child care are not just for Austin’s parents, however, but child care providers as well. To celebrate the providers caring for Austin’s children—our community’s future workforce—we’re joining the national observance of National Provider Appreciation Day!

This event began in 1996 with a single group of volunteers in New Jersey. The drive to recognize the dedicated efforts of child care providers has grown year by year, and today Provider Appreciation Day is a national event.

We understand the value that child care providers create for their community. By guiding the growth and development of children today, they help positively shape our community tomorrow.

As part of our commitment to quality child care, Workforce Solutions Child Care Services offers quality rated programs, quality initiative activities and other community resources to child care providers who strive for quality.

One of our largest offerings is the Child Care Directors Symposium, now in its 17th year. This two-day event features keynote speakers and workshops to inform and inspire the leadership of our community’s child care providers.

The 2019 symposium was held February 22 – 23 with 250 directors in attendance. The speakers and workshops motivated participants to strengthen their centers’ programs for the benefit of staff and children alike.

We also offer an annual Child Care Teachers Symposium to provide professional development opportunities for the staff at child care centers. The Austin community benefits when we guide child care staff and administrators to provide high-quality care to local families.

Use the hashtag #ProviderAppreciationDay on social media to follow the Provider Appreciation Day momentum. How will you celebrate? Tell us in a comment below!

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