Annually observed on the Wednesday during American Education Week, National Education Support Professionals Day honors the contributions of school support employees. These support professionals provide invaluable services and are essential partners in the children’s education process

The day honors a long list of professionals who keep schools running smoothly. They include all secretaries, classroom aides, cafeteria workers, maintenance workers, bus drivers and the others that support educators, school leadership, and the students, too. These professionals do their part in making public schools great for every child so they can be safe, learn, grow and achieve.

HOW TO OBSERVE #EducationSupportProfessionalsDay

Who in your school provides a service that needs recognition? They may be an education support professional. Give them a shout out and show them you appreciate all they do for your school and the students. Organize an event recognizing their achievements. Attend your school’s day honor the support professionals in your facility. Does your student have a favorite classroom aid or cafeteria worker? Send an extra special “thank you” their way.

Use #EducationalSupportProfessionalsDay to post on social media.


The National Educational Association’s Representative Assembly called for a day to be set aside to salute the schools’ support employees. In 1987, the assembly created National Education Support Professionals Day.