May 6, 2022 is Provider Appreciation Day! On behalf of QUALITYstarsNY, we want to express our sincere gratitude for early childhood providers everywhere who work tirelessly to put our youngest learners on the path toward lifelong success. Take a look at what our team wanted to share to celebrate and recognize providers today!

La pasión y el profesionalismo de los proveedores me impresionan cada día en mi trabajo.  Hoy quiero expresar mi aprecio particular a los proveedores que hablan otros idiomas que no sean el inglés.  Estos proveedores cuidan a los niños con el mismo amor, conocimiento, y empeño que los que solo hablan inglés, y lo hacen de manera culturalmente y lingüísticamente apropiada, construyendo una fundación fuerte en su primer idioma, o dándoles una ventaja en el desarrollo de un segundo o tercer idioma!

Every day I am impressed and humbled by the passion and professionalism of the child care providers and early childhood leaders I work with.  Today, I would like to especially appreciate the family child care providers whose home language is not English. These providers care for children with the same love, knowledge, and hard work as all of their colleagues, and they do it in a culturally and linguistically appropriate manner, giving children a strong foundation in their first languages—or an early start on developing a second or third language!

Katharine Mora, Regional Quality Improvement Coordinator, New York City & Long Island

Each day as I go out to sites and visit with early childhood providers, I am blown away by the amount of heart and soul that goes in to child care—sharing every aspect of their life with these sweet little children to improve their quality of life is so beautiful. Our providers’ work seems more like a charitable sacrifice. We are so lucky to have so many amazing people in the field dedicating their lives to the youngest humans. Working with providers each day is the highlight of my life!

Shelley Benvenuti, Quality Improvement Specialist, New York City

I am repeatedly humbled and awed by the dedicated Early Childhood Professionals I work with, who have endured so much over the past 2 years.  They have shown up and ensured that children feel loved, supported and nurtured each and every day. I’m so privileged to work with these Amazing Professionals!

Kathy Moss, Quality Improvement Specialist, Hudson Valley

The love and dedication that you all put into your work and the children you care for is undeniable! In these chaotic times, you are still there, still putting your best foot forward and doing all that you can to help our littles grow and learn into amazing human beings. THANK YOU for all that you do!

Amanda Tate, Quality Improvement Specialist, North Country

Today we celebrate Child Care Providers!  We are eternally grateful for all that you do and all that you sacrifice to ensure the future of our communities!  Thank you will never be enough!

Sara Lamoreaux, Quality Improvement Specialist, Western New York

“It takes a big heart to help shape little minds. Teaching is the greatest act of optimism”

– Colleen Wilcox


The big hearts of teachers shape the minds of young learners everyday. Teachers, I thank you for your ongoing dedication to your students. Happy Appreciation Day!

Kim Thurman, Quality Improvement Specialist, New York City

Early childhood educators are the starting point of every career a child will eventually grow to have…they are the spark that lights the fire in a child’s imagination!  You are needed and very much appreciated for all that you do.

Sharon Turner, Quality Improvement Specialist, New York City

I appreciate my child care providers immensely!  I have been in awe of all the Directors and Family Providers who have continued to provide safe, exciting, nurturing, developmentally appropriate environments for their children while dealing with everything during the pandemic — from extra paperwork, new protocols, and lots of cleaning to illness and closures. I am proud to work with all of them!

Diane Farley, Quality Improvement Specialist, Long Island

It is with tremendous gratitude that I would like to say Happy Provider Appreciation Day to all of our QUALITYstarsNY Family Child Care Providers!! You are appreciated for your devotion, compassion and dedication towards caring and educating our NYS children from birth to five.  I would like to give a special shout out to Shante Parrish, from the Bronx, you are appreciated.

Yessenia Rosario-Adon, Director of Quality Improvement

The child care providers I work with are more than passionate about what they do.  They meet the children where they are and create child centered, interest driven environments to support each child’s development. They are amazing and inspiring.

Jill Boeck, Quality Improvement Specialist, Western New York

Happy Provider Appreciation Day to all of my family & group family providers in the Finger Lakes Region. It is a true pleasure to work with you on your goals and aspirations for your programs. You each bring a unique perspective to my work, teaching me something new each time we meet. Thank you for all you do for the children & families in our community. I’m so happy to serve as you Quality Improvement Specialist!

Rachel Zielinski, Quality Improvement Specialist, Finger Lakes

Happy Child Care Provider Appreciation Day!  Thank you for your dedication and compassion to our children and families.

Kathy Siragusa , Quality Improvement Specialist, Western New York

Child Care Providers are (and always have been) the ultimate “essential” workers!  I admire and honor them today, and every day.

Deanna LaManna, Quality Improvement Specialist, Finger Lakes

Thank you to all our dedicated providers who wear many hats to help support families and provide continuous quality care. We value you and appreciate all the hard work.  Our littles depend on you!

Amy Kiley, Quality Improvement Specialist, Capital District

I have had the opportunity to work with so many amazing Child Care Providers, not only through QUALITYstarsNY, but also through Child Care Solutions. The work they do is selfless and compassionate, and create ongoing success for each child’s future. Child Care Providers create a safe environment for families to feel at ease while away from their children. I am incredibly impressed with the generosity and true kindness that I have witnessed from each provider I have met.

Christina Miles, Quality Improvement Specialist, Central New York

Congratulations to the wonderful educators that open their doors every day for children and families. You are true Champions!

Karin Sperb, Quality Improvement Specialist, Long Island

Wishing a very Happy Child Care Provider Appreciation Day to you all.  Thank you for the AMAZING job you do to help take care and inspire the children!  Thank you for all the love and nurture you give each and every day!!  We truly appreciate you.

Cristina Lenis, Quality Improvement Specialist, New York City

I stand in awe of how many dedicated and hard working child care providers I work with on a daily basis.  I see deep care, respect and love for children and families in every program. I am humbled and honored to work with such important and amazing individuals.

Sarah Gould-Houde, Quality Improvement Specialist, Capital District