R 248
2018 -- H 8204
Enacted 05/16/2018

H O U S E   R E S O L U T I O N

Introduced By: Representatives Diaz, Mattiello, Shekarchi, McNamara, and Ruggiero
Date Introduced: May 16, 2018

     WHEREAS, In the month of May, 2018, a panoply of citizens representing myriad
organizations and institutions from across our state will gather to celebrate Child Care Awareness
Month; and
     WHEREAS, This event is being held to highlight the work of various organizations and
programs in the state that work every day to improve the lives of children, youth, and families by
providing high quality care and education; and  
     WHEREAS, Research on the human brain reveals that an overwhelming amount of a
person's lifetime brain development occurs during early childhood, before the age of three; and
     WHEREAS, To be prepared for success, our children must receive high quality child care
from caregivers who have the appropriate skills, education, and training; and   
     WHEREAS, A child care teacher's day is spent interacting with children and caring for
their needs, because it is through play, interaction, and socializing that children learn the
fundamentals about others, as well as the world around them; and
     WHEREAS, High quality child care is sensitive, responsive, personal, and
developmentally appropriate. It provides the proper nurturing that children need at one of the
most critical and vulnerable times in their lives; and
     WHEREAS, It is of immense importance that Rhode Island's children receive the highest
quality care and are challenged at an early age, so that they may develop the necessary abilities to
thrive in adulthood and someday lead our state into an even brighter future; now, therefore be it
     RESOLVED, That this House of Representatives of the State of Rhode Island and
Providence Plantations hereby proclaims May of 2018, to be "Child Care Awareness Month." We
urge all the citizens of the state to join with us in recognizing the tremendous skills, dedication,
diligence, and value of the laudable child care providers who protect and nourish our children and
equip them for future success; and be it further
     RESOLVED, That the Secretary of State be and hereby is authorized and directed to
transmit duly certified copies of this resolution to the President of the Child Care Directors
Association, the Director of Prevent Child Abuse RI, and the Chair of the Permanent Legislative
Commission on Child Care.