Kansas Celebrates Child Care Provider Appreciation Day: Honoring the Dedication of 23,000 Professionals in the Childcare Industry

By Trish Svoboda

Recently, Governor Laura Kelly declared Friday, May 10, as Child Care Provider Appreciation Day in Kansas. This day, celebrated annually on the Friday before Mother’s Day by the Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) and Child Care Aware of America, is dedicated to acknowledging the efforts of childcare providers, teachers, and other educators of young children. Childcare providers devote their time to safeguarding the healthy development and safety of Kansas’s children.

Ashley Goss, the Deputy Secretary for Public Health at KDHE, acknowledged the challenges of the childcare industry. She expressed admiration for those who choose this profession, describing them as some of the most committed and compassionate individuals in their communities. She also expressed pride in the partnership with childcare providers across Kansas, who shoulder the responsibility of caring for the state’s children.

Acknowledging the role of childcare providers is crucial as Kansas strives to enhance the sector for the benefit of parents, children, and childcare professionals. In Kansas, around 23,000 childcare professionals serve in nearly 4,500 licensed establishments. These facilities offer a secure and caring environment that fosters the growth and development of children. They play a vital role in our economy.

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