WHEREAS, Clay County and other organizations nationwide are recognizing Childcare Providers on this day; and
WHEREAS, over half of the children under the age of six nationwide are estimated to spend some time in a nonparental care arrangement on a weekly basis, which provides critical enrichment opportunities and nurtures development for children of all backgrounds and is a vital building block of our county’s economy; and
WHEREAS, the COVID-19 pandemic has created tremendous hardship for childcare providers and the families of Clay County who depend on them, who have continued to meet the needs of families while remaining open to providing childcare throughout the pandemic, and
WHEREAS, our future depends on the quality of the early childhood experiences provided to young children today; support for high-quality childcare represents a worthy commitment to our children’s future.
NOW, THEREFORE, we, Clay County Board of Commissioners, do hereby proclaim May 9th, 2023 as Provider Appreciation Day in Clay County, and we call upon all our citizens to recognize the contributions made by our Childcare Providers for their important work.
Adopted May 9th, 2023.