WHEREAS, children are Alaska’s most valuable asset and the future of our Great State. High quality care, stimulating learning environments, and positive early experiences help prepare them for a bright and successful future; and
WHEREAS, parents are the most important caregivers in children’s development, guiding and nurturing them through the stages of childhood to become confident, healthy adults, and productive members of society; and
WHEREAS, more than half of the 65,000 children under the age of six in Alaska are in licensed or approved child care facilities, and many more receive child care from certified military facilities, tribally licensed facilities, Head Start programs, and legally exempt providers; and
WHEREAS, quality child care providers create safe, healthy learning environments, implement teaching strategies that facilitate learning, are knowledgeable about the developmental stages of growing children, and support them as they learn and grow; and
WHEREAS, child care is critical to our state’s infrastructure and a vital resource that supports working families and strengthens our workforce. Providers play a crucial role in assisting some families in the raising of their children by meeting their cognitive, social, emotional, physical, and literary needs, especially during the formative years from birth to six, which is the most crucial stage in brain development; and
WHEREAS, Alaska’s future depends on the quality of the early childhood experiences provided to young children today, and the continuation of high quality early child care services represent a worthy commitment to our children’s future.
NOW THEREFORE, I, Mike Dunleavy, GOVERNOR OF THE STATE OF ALASKA, do hereby proclaim May 6, 2022 as:
Child Care Provider Appreciation Day
in Alaska, and encourage all Alaskans to acknowledge and appreciate the immense contributions of child care providers across our state.
Dated: May 6, 2022