National Provider Appreciation Day
National Provider Appreciation Day is observed annually on the Friday before Mother’s Day. This day celebrates all those who care for others, including, but not limited to, nannies, childcare providers, and teachers.
These individuals ensure our children are well-cared for, no matter the circumstances. Without these workers, many of us would struggle to maintain our jobs or would need to find someone to look after our children during the day. For this reason, it is important to show our appreciation and gratitude to these caregivers.
The History of National Provider Appreciation Day
This holiday was created in 1996 by a group of caregivers in New Jersey. They recognized the effort they put into their jobs and noticed other caregivers working tirelessly without expectation of recognition. As word of this holiday spread, it evolved into the national holiday we recognize today.
Facts About Caregivers
Many people do not fully understand the role of caregivers or the extent of their responsibilities. We have compiled some facts about caregivers to shed light on their work.
- 25% of caregivers report that their family relationships suffer due to their caregiving duties.
- Approximately 61% of family caregivers are women.
- About 16% of caregivers have quit their jobs to care for a loved one.
Observing National Provider Appreciation Day
This holiday should be observed by expressing thanks to a caregiver for their dedication. This can be a simple verbal “Thank you!” or sending them a heartfelt card. Another way to show appreciation is by acknowledging providers on social media using the hashtag #NationalProviderAppreciationDay.