Grandparents do amazing things. They mentor youth, provide child care, volunteer, and more. Aside from the mutual family benefits of having a grandparent in your life or home, there are some serious dollars behind grandparents’ unpaid work.
Grandparents contribute more than $2.43 billion toward higher education for children. Taxpayers save more than $6.5 billion thanks to grandparents who help to raise children who might otherwise be in foster care. Plus, about 30 percent of children under age 5 with working mothers are cared for by a grandparent. We know that’s a huge help to parents who are struggling to afford child care.
September 8 is Grandparents Day in the United States. It’s a day to reflect on the incredible value grandparents bring to our communities. Even if they are retired, they are working hard. Get the big picture from Generations United, an organization whose mission is to improve the lives of children, youth and older people through intergenerational collaboration.
Grandparents are key influencers for children
Grandparents will be 80 million strong by 2020 – double their population in 1980. Their community involvement show grandparents largely share a core belief that communities need all people, of all ages and places in life to collaborate for the good of children.
Do Something Grand
No doubt many grandparents took first day of school pictures and attended teacher orientations to start the school year. Let’s ensure grandparents are welcome partners in our quest to give America’s children the best start at life.
As they say at Generations United, “Do Something Grand,” and celebrate Grandparents day on Sunday Sept 8.
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