Preschool Teacher Appreciation

Keep Calm and Thank a Preschool Teacher!


Teacher Appreciation Day – May 9, 2017

Wonderful!  It’s that time of year to celebrate the teachers of our littlest ones.   National Teacher Day is a part of the National Teachers Appreciation Week, the first full week of May.

Preschool teachers work hard all year long with our children and a small token of appreciation would be nice.  Many preschool teachers don’t even realize that this National Teacher Day/Week exists because often times they are not considered teachers by most.  However, preschool teachers have possession of our children more awake hours than their parents.  So many times, they get to experience the milestones that parents miss because they work outside of the home.  Preschool teachers are the parent partners in assisting parents in the 0-5 formative years.  They are the chief nose cleaners, diaper deputy, and potty trainer assistant.  Listen carefully while engaging in conversation with the teacher to discover their hobbies or personal likes/dislikes.

Below is a list of suggestions for gift ideas I have used in the past with my little one’s teachers:

  • Book lover- Gift card to Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Target  or Walmart
  • Craft lover – Gift card to Hobby Lobby, Joann’s or Michaels
  • Movie Lover – Gift card, movie tickets with concessions
  • Coffee Lover – Gift card to Starbucks, Krispy Kreme, or Dunkin Donuts
  • Pamper Me – Spa Gift card or restaurant gift card in their local area

Parents can also coordinate a special event for Preschool teachers with the Director/Owners such as catered lunch with a nice dessert.

Personalized Gift baskets fill with their favorite bath products, such as Bath and Body works.  If your child’s teacher is a male you’re in luck because Bath & Body works now have a great men’s line.

Preschool teachers are an invaluable resource to working parents.  Please take a moment to say “Thank you” during National Teacher Appreciation Week(May 8-12, 2017)


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  1. Great ideas. I think that an profession involving kids those workers should be appreciated. It takes a special person to work with kids. I am a counselor and i must say this jobcna be very draining and not the best pay but I enjoy what I do.

  2. Preschool teachers should get so many great gifts, and I don’t feel like they are appreciated like they should be. We loved our preschool experience for the most part, and I know that little things to encourage like this, help make the teachers realize it too.

  3. Being a teacher is no easy job ! You’re shaping the future of someone else’s kid. That’s a huge responsibility ! – these are great ideas !

  4. My kids are past preschool age now but I believe it takes a special person to be a preschool teacher. I would definitely give gifts. We still do and my kids are much older.

  5. Thank you for your post. Thank you for recognizing preschool teachers. No matter what it says on the document of a teacher who studied to be in the field of teaching a child is a teacher. I studied two years to be an early childhood educator and I know I went beyond what was expected in my role. Everything to said is so true. We are physically exhausted from the physical work it requires to work with young children unlike certified elementary teachers. We are rarely viewed qualified when teaching in a regular school as classroom helpers rather than a true teacher that contributes and engages children in fun learning. Because ECE promotes learning through fun, creative actives and not merely curriculum based learning, we are frowned upon. So thank you for recognizing our field. Though not everyone in my field is exceptional, it is still just as important to celebrate all that help contribute to educating children.

    • Maria, thank you for sharing your views. I wrote the post regarding Preschool Teachers because they are so not recognized by their hard work. I agree there are some persons that should not be in the early childhood profession, but so many others are serving their calling in this field.

  6. Thank you! Although I don’t have a kid in pre-school, I can use these gift ideas for the end of year gifts for my daughter’s kindergarten teacher and aftercare worker(s).

  7. I used to teach preschool and I miss Teacher Appreciation Week. The kids would bring in homemade cards and it was adorable! Great post!

  8. As an ECD major, I think it’s wonderful that you posted promoting Teacher Appreciation week. Teachers work so very hard! Any token of appreciation is always special, but your ideas were great. Hopefully parents will elicit their children’s help when preparing a gift for the teacher. It teaches children the importance of showing appreciation for others.

    • Jenna, as a former Child Development Center Director and Family Child Care Business Owner, I always made sure to recognize my staff for their hard work with the children. It is so important that teachers know we care as parents too.

    • Thank you, Patricia and I agree with you on kindergarten teachers. In addition, a lot of public schools now have a full-time prek-4-year-old program with certified teachers.

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