Janet Sparks, left, and Kathleen Adelman of Childcare Network stand next to a quilt created last year by early childhood teachers and providers of early child care

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Teachers in CNE homes and centers each “decorated a square to represent what motivates them,” said Ms. Adelman. This year, at CNE’s annual teacher/provider appreciation dinner, attendees had the opportunity to create another quilt, this one with the theme of what the teachers are grateful for, she added. 

The annual dinner is a way for CNE and its board to show their appreciation of and respect for those who provide education and care to very young children, said CNE executive director Martha Arntson. She said that when the food was late in arriving, many of the attendees came up and asked if they could help. “It’s second nature to them. We’re honoring them, and they ask how they can help us.”

Added Ms. Adelman, “There is not a lot of money or status in taking care of and educating very young children. These [providers] work from their hearts.