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Child Care and 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 under the age of five attend non-parental care and early education programs in Virginia, and nearly 440,000 children under age 15 attend paid care; and

WHEREAS, Virginia's child care and early childhood professionals work daily to 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, Child Care and Early Childhood Professionals Day is an opportunity to recognize the efforts of those who are working directly with our children; and

WHEREAS, the child care and early childhood profession is critical to the economic infrastructure of our Commonwealth; and

WHEREAS, child care and early childhood professionals have served the needs of essential personnel and supported the recovery of Virginia’s workforce during the COVID-19 pandemic; and

WHEREAS, the Commonwealth of Virginia recognizes the significant contributions of these professionals;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Ralph S. Northam, do hereby recognize May 7, 2021, as CHILD CARE AND EARLY CHILDHOOD PROFESSIONALS DAY in our COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA, and I call this observance to the attention of all our citizens.