Paraprofessional Appreciation Day - April
Wed, Apr 5, 2023

Paraprofessional Appreciation Day

Paraprofessional Appreciation Day is an American holiday dedicated to paraprofessionals. This is the name given to professionals in various fields who play the role of assistants. The holiday is celebrated annually on the first Wednesday of April.


The history of Paraprofessional Appreciation Day is not known. However, many researchers agree that it originated in Missouri. The governor decided to celebrate the day as a token of appreciation for paraprofessional educators, but the dates of the event vary widely, making it impossible to establish a single time of the holiday’s appearance.

Paraprofessionals first appeared in the 1960s in educational institutions. They emerged through the launch of President L.B. Johnson’s program, which was aimed at alleviating poverty in the country. Most often they were women who acted as teaching assistants in schools, and over time they gained experience and could be officially employed. Today, paraprofessionals are often college graduates who want to gain additional experience before entering the workforce.

Interesting facts

  • In addition to the field of education, paraprofessionals are popular in the legal profession. Paralegals emerged in 1967 with ABA approval, and the first paralegal committee was already formed the following year.
  • Johnson’s program was called Great Society.
  • Paraprofessionals can also be found in medicine, technical professions, law enforcement, etc.

How to celebrate

Congratulate family and friends if they work as paraprofessionals in any field. Let them tell you the specifics of their work.

Spread the word about the holiday on social media. Ask users if they think paraprofessionals are necessary and needed.

When is Paraprofessional Appreciation Day celebrated in 2023?

Paraprofessional Appreciation Day is observed every year on the first Wednesday in April.


Weekday Month Day Year
Wednesday April 5 2023
Wednesday April 3 2024
Wednesday April 2 2025