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WHEREAS, the health and safety of all Virginians is important to the happiness, well-being, and prosperity of our Commonwealth's families and communities; and
WHEREAS, every child in Virginia is a precious individual, full of promise and great potential; and
WHEREAS, there are more than 510,000 children under the age of five in Virginia; and
WHEREAS, Virginia's early childhood professionals work daily to ensure our children’s safety, health, and well-being, and further our children's educational and social skills; and
WHEREAS, it is important to encourage professional levels of practice among those who have chosen to assist families in safeguarding and nurturing children; and
WHEREAS, Early Childhood Professionals Day is an opportunity to recognize the efforts of those who are working directly with our children and building Virginia's future;
NOW, THEREFORE, I, Ralph S. Northam, do hereby recognize May 11, 2018, as EARLY CHILDHOOD PROFESSIONALS DAY in our COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA, and I call this observance to the attention of all our citizens.