Childcare organizations nationwide have joined together to declare Friday May 9 to be Childcare Provider Appreciation Day. In San Angelo, the Texas Workforce Center-Child Care Services is leading this effort to recognize the many childcare providers throughout the Concho Valley. The Concho Valley Workforce Development Board began activities on Thursday, April 24, by presenting certificates of recognition to Joe David Ward, president of Concho Valley Licensed Child Care Association (CVLCCA), Dora Critoph-Hendricks, president of the Association of Registered Child Care Homes (ARCCH), and Kathleen Ellison, a Self Arranged Child Care (SACC) provider representing the numerous other childcare providers around San Angelo and the Concho Valley. Mayor Rudy Izzard will be proclaiming 9 May to be Child Care Appreciation Day in San Angelo at the May 6 City Council Meeting. TWC’Child Care Services will be presenting certificates of appreciation to all Providers on Agreement and their staff as well as encouraging everyone who has a child/children in care to let their child’s care giver know how much they are appreciated. It is estimated that of the 21 million American children under age 6, 13 million are in child care at least part time. Additionally, 24 million school-age children are in some form of child care outside of school time. By calling attention to the importance of high quality childcare services for all children and families, CVLCCA, ARCCH, and TWC-Child Care Services hope to improve the quality and availability of childcare in the Concho Valley. TWC-CCS currently has 44 childcare providers on agreement, and five of these are level four Texas Rising Star Providers, and have the best licensed child care rating available from the Texas Department of Protective and Regulatory Service (TDPRS) We are encouraging parents with children in childcare to take this day to show their childcare provider how much they appreciate them. It takes a special person to work in childcare and these individuals are often unrecognized and under-appreciated.