In 1978, President Jimmy Carter signed a federal proclamation declaring the first Sunday after Labor Day as National Grandparents Day. In 2013, this day to honor our own grandparents and those in our community falls on Sunday September 8.
Grandparents fulfill many roles in our society, including that of teacher and caregiver. According to U.S. Census Bureau data from 2011, 2.7 million grandparents are responsible for the basic needs of one or more grandchildren who are both under the age of 18 and living with them. Nearly 600,000 of these caregiving grandparents live below the poverty line.
Find resources for grandparents who are raising grandchildren.