Commonwealth of Massachusetts
A Proclamation
His Excellency Governor Deval L. Patrick

Whereas Today’s children are our state’s future and they deserve a high-quality education; and

Whereas Early childhood organizations and programs around our Commonwealth are working to improve learning opportunities, which are crucial to the growth and development of young children; and

Whereas The experiences during a child’s early years have a profound influence on a child’s future development and success in school and life; and

Whereas Research demonstrates that more brain development occurs during a child’s first five years than at any other time in a child’s life; and

Whereas Family child care workers and providers offer nurturing and consistent care, develop lasting relations with families and prepare children with the skills they need to enter school eager to learn; and

Whereas These providers individualize curriculum for each child’s age and developmental needs; and  

Whereas We recognize the dedication and compassion family child care providers demonstrate every day,

Now, Therefore, I, Deval L. Patrick, Governor of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, do hereby proclaim May 11th, 2012, to be,


And urge all the citizens of the Commonwealth to take cognizance of this event and participate fittingly in its observance.

Given at the Executive Chamber in Boston, this twenty-fourth day of April, in the year two thousand and twelve, and of the Independence of the United States of America, the two hundred and thirty-fifth.

By His Excellency                  
Deval L. Patrick                       
Governor of the Commonwealth    

William Francis Galvin              
Secretary of the Commonwealth  

God Save the Commonwealth