KDHE Celebrates Child Care Provider Appreciation Day

TOPEKA – Governor Laura Kelly has proclaimed May 12 as Child Care Provider Appreciation Day in Kansas. The Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) joins organizations across the state in recognizing the over 4,500 licensed child care providers and 23,000 individuals in the state and the work they do each day to support the provides a safe, nurturing place for the enrichment and development of Kansas children.

“I am so proud of our child care workers who play an essential role in supporting parents and families daily. These professionals are instrumental in assisting communities with providing our youngest children’s social, emotional and physical care,” saidKDHE Secretary Janet Stanek.“They keep our children safe, nurture their curiosity and prepare them for a lifetime of learning and growth. Support for high-quality child care represents a worthy commitment to the children of Kansas and their future.”

Child Care Provider Appreciation Day occurs on the Friday before Mother’s Day each year. Child Care Aware of America brings together communities across the United States to observe  Child Care Provider Appreciation Day as a time to recognize the tireless efforts of providers who care for children of working parents. Learn more about the Child Care Provider Appreciation Day at ProviderAppreciation.org.

Join the celebration and thank child care providers on social media by using #ThankYouChildCare.

Derek Nester
Derek Nesterhttp://www.sunflowerstateradio.com
Derek Nester was born and raised in Blue Rapids and graduated from Valley Heights High School in 2000. He attended Cowley College in Arkansas City and Johnson County Community College in Overland Park studying Journalism & Media Communications. In 2002 Derek joined Taylor Communications, Inc. in Salina, Kansas working in digital media for 550 AM KFRM and 100.9 FM KCLY. Following that stop, he joined Dierking Communications, Inc. stations KNDY AM & FM as a board operator and fill-in sports play-by-play announcer. Starting in 2005 Derek joined the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network as a Studio Coordinator at 101 The Fox in Kansas City, a role he would serve for 15 years culminating in the Super Bowl LIV Championship game broadcast. In 2020 he moved to Audacy, formerly known as Entercom Communications, Inc. and 106.5 The Wolf and 610 Sports Radio, the new flagship stations of the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network, the largest radio network in the NFL. Through all of this, Derek continues to serve as the Digital Media Director for Sunflower State Radio, the digital and social media operations of Dierking Communications, Inc. and the 6 radio stations it owns and operates across Kansas.


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