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Dear Child Care Provider:

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo has proclaimed Friday, May 9 as Provider Appreciation Day in New York State. It's a time to thank child care providers, teachers, school-age program staff, child care center directors and staff, and all of the adults in children’s lives responsible for their education and care.

The New York State Office of Children and Family Services (OCFS) would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your dedication to the well-being of the children in your care. We recognize the tireless efforts of child care providers and their employees who care for our state's youngest citizens. Caring for young children is more than a job -- it is a profession that helps to lay the foundation for success in school, at home, and in their communities. Keeping children safe, secure, healthy, and happy can’t happen without effort and devotion on your part. We recognize that their future depends on the high quality of care and important early childhood experiences you provide.

Thank you for being someone who parents can trust to take care of the most important people in their lives.

Thank you for providing an education for children, and giving them the tools they need to succeed as they move into the classroom.

Thank you for serving as a guide and a friend to parents as they determine how to best care for their children, and for understanding that each child’s needs are different, paving a path for success that will endure throughout their lives.

Lastly, thank you for your work in giving children the care and nurturing they deserve during what we believe is the most critical developmental period in a child’s life.


Sheila J. Poole, OCFS Acting Commissioner
Janice Molnar, Deputy Commissioner, Child Care Services


Click here for a printable card to give to your child care provider in appreciation.

Click here for a printable poster, "Anatomy of a Child Care Provider."