Child Care Provider Appreciation Day is May 11!

Access to child care is the fastest growing economic issue in southwest Minnesota. Southwest Initiative Foundation is committed to finding solutions that help families, employers and communities. Part of our effort includes recognizing the dedication of our current child care providers on Child Care Provider Appreciation Day, May 11. This national celebration was founded in 1996 to recognize the tireless efforts of providers in caring for children of working parents.

We’re sending “thank you” packets to hundreds of child care providers in our region the first week of May to show them how much we appreciate all they do. Thank you to all who registered to participate!

In southwest Minnesota, our current child care do an awesome job caring for more than 10,000 kids. But there are an estimated 4,700 more kids who lack access to quality, affordable care. Meanwhile, individual child care providers are leaving the field for many reason, including feeling undervalued. Child Care Provider Appreciation Day is a reminder to thank the professionals committed to the growth, health, and education of our next generation, while helping businesses and communities understand and appreciate those contributions.

This effort is part of Southwest Initiative Foundation’s Grow Our Own initiative, our comprehensive approach to help all our kids reach their full potential — from cradle to career.
Continue reading about our Grow Our Own initiative.

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