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By virtue of the authority vested by the Constitution of Virginia in the Governor of the Commonwealth of Virginia, there is hereby officially recognized:

Child Care & Early Childhood Professionals Day

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, more than 54% of children ages birth to five attend non-parental care and early education programs in Virginia, and over 415,000 children under age 15 attend paid care; and,

WHEREAS, Virginia's child care and early childhood professionals work daily to ensure our children's safety, health and well-being, and further 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, Child Care and Early Childhood Professionals Day is an opportunity to recognize the efforts of those who are working directly with our children to make a difference and build Virginia's future; and,

WHEREAS, the child and early care professions are critical to the economic infrastructure of our Commonwealth, to serving the needs of essential personnel and supporting the recovery of Virginia's workforce through the pandemic, the significant contributions of these professionals are acknowledged;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Glenn Youngkin, do hereby recognize May 6, 2022 as CHILD CARE AND EARLY CHILDHOOD PROFESSIONALS DAY in our COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA, and I call this observance to the attention of our citizens.