Provider Appreciation Day® is an annual celebration of the vital work that child care providers do every day in communities across the country, and in 2022 it falls on Friday, May 6!

Town Square celebrates family child care providers that serve children and families daily; your commitment and care to this work are genuinely valued.

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We hope you take some time to celebrate yourself and all your hard work!


The Center on the Social and Emotional Foundations for Early Learning provides resources for parents, teachers, and providers with the goal to improve the social and emotional outcomes of young children. The resources include trainings and modules as well as resources specific for teachers and caregivers to download, all geared to help adults meet the social and emotional needs of young children.


Summer is here and if you have a safe space for children to play outdoors and have fun in the sun. This fact sheet from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) helps you understand how to protect yourself and the children in your care from over-exposure to the sun.  It includes information on how to read the UV Index and how to be safe when in the sun.

Action Steps for Sun Safety

Webinar recording put together by the National Center for Early Childhood Health and Wellness, sharing tips and strategies on ways to support children’s physical development by providing them with fun movement opportunities in a mixed age group setting.

Physical Activities with Children in Mixed-Age Groups

Stress affects people differently, and this stress can manifest itself in different aspects of our lives. Stress is not exclusive to adults; children, especially now, are also experiencing stress. This webinar put together by INAAP (Indiana Chapter American of Pediatrics), Office of Early Childhood and Out-of-School Learning, as well as Early Learning Indiana showcases strategies for addressing mental health needs for yourself and the families you serve.      



Daily health screenings are a vital tool which help identify potential health risks and may reduce the transmission of infectious diseases in child care programs. Having a health check chart for each child can help providers keep accurate records and look for patterns.

To safely operate during COVID-19, symptoms of COVID have to be included in the health screening tool. Provider Laverne Head, owner of Our Leaders of Tomorrow, shared her updated screening chart.

Our Leaders of Tomorrow Daily Health & Temperature Checklist



If you are a providers that is still open to help care for children of essential workers, we want to share a few guidelines to assist in making sure you, your family and the families under your care stay safe.

The CDC recommends

Aside from caring for your physical health, remember to take care of your mental health. A pandemic is a stressful time for everyone, take some time to self-care.

Here are some ideas that you can try.


self care

We can not thank you enough for all your hard work during this critical time.


Si usted es un proveedor que todavía está abierto a ayudar a cuidar a los hijos de los trabajadores esenciales, queremos compartir algunas guías para ayudar a asegurar que usted, su familia y las familias bajo su cuidado se mantengan protegidos.

CDC recomienda

Además de cuidar de su salud física, no olvide cuidar de su salud mental. Una pandemia es un momento estresante para todos, tome tiempo para el autocuidado.

Algunas ideas para probar.

self care

Estamos muy agradecidos por todo el trabajo que han hecho durante este tiempo crítico.



The Town Square team takes the health of providers that engage in this learning community very seriously; we want to make sure that the information that we provide here is not only factual but helpful.

Our partners at Spark Learning Lab created a list of resources to help educators during these very concerning times. Along with Spark Learning Lab, we will update useful resources as we find them available.

These colorful mini-posters can be posted near the sink as reminders for when to wash your hands and hand washing procedures.

Remember to Wash Your Hands Poster

How To Wash Hands Poster

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