Child Care Keeps Chautauqua County Working – Now More Than Ever


Every year, child care providers are given the recognition they deserve by dedicating a day to them in May.  This year, Child Care Provider Appreciation Day is on Friday, May 8th.  A “Thank You” car parade is being held to honor child care providers, who are a critical component of our frontline workforce.  Without access to high-quality child care, parents cannot work; it’s as simple as that.  During the COVID pandemic, essential workers are being asked to work long hours and child care is needed. Early Childhood Educators and Child Care providers are the backbone of the economy; without child care, families would not be able to work.  They provide safe, quality care and education in a place where families feel comfortable leaving their children while they are working.   Child care workers across the county are going to work every day, taking care of the children in their care; often at great cost, personal and financial.  These small businesses remain open even though they are now operating at a deficit (due to only providing care for essential worker’s children).  They are still in operation because they care about the children, their families and the health of our community.

While the child care centers and child care facilities are not often mentioned in the news as a part of the frontline workforce, Beth Starks (Chautauqua Lake Child Care Center Executive Director), Sue Marker (Child Care Council Director), and The Child Care Council of Chautauqua Opportunities, Inc. want to provide a fun and creative way for parents, families and community members to show their appreciation for these frontline, essential workers who are giving their all each and every day.

On Friday, May 8th, everyone is invited to join a “Thank You” car parade for our licensed and registered child care providers!  Community members, families and children can join the parade anywhere along our route throughout the county.  The car parade will begin at 9:00 AM at Chautauqua Opportunities Inc. offices at 402 Chandler Street in Jamestown, be in the Mayville area around 12:00 PM and the Dunkirk area around 2:00 PM.  Participants are encouraged to decorate their cars, bring signs and boldly show their appreciation for our much deserving Early Education teachers and child care providers.  A little time out of your day to show some appreciation can go a long way in making a heartfelt impact on our child care providers.  Please join in!

For more information on the event, call 716-661-9430 ext.2290 or visit on Facebook for the routes!