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Celebrate National Grandparents Day on September 9th!

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Mark your calendars! September 9th is National Grandparents Day. Make sure to honor your grandparents on Sept. 9th and throughout the year. Grandparents play an important role in strengthening families. Since 1979, Grandparents Day has been observed every year in honor of our nation’s grandparents with whom one in 10 of all children in the U.S. live.

ACL Programs Serve Grandparent Caregivers

2010 census data reveal that about 5.8 million children, or nearly 8 percent of all U.S. children, live with grandparents who are the head of the household. Also, a recent report by the Annie E. Casey Foundation found that extended-family caregivers are more likely to be poor, elderly, less educated and unemployed compared with average parents. The Administration for Community Living funds the National Family Caregiver Support Program (NFCP), which supports grandparent caregivers. The National Family Caregiver Support Program is funded by the Older Americans Act and offers a range of services to support family caregivers, including individual counseling, caregiver training and supplemental services. For 2010, the NFCP served 17,520 grandparent caregivers. Regarding specific services, respite was provided to 2,942 grandparents and counseling of some type was provided to 10,527 grandparents.

Recent Census Data on Grandparents Who are Caregivers

The following data on grandparents comes from the U.S. Census Bureau’s 2010 American Community Survey (ACS). Most of these figures count grandparents of different ages.

  • About 2.7 million grandparents were responsible for the basic needs of one or more grandchildren under 18 living with them in 2010. Of these caregivers, 1.7 million were grandmothers and 1.0 million were grandfathers.
  • About 1.9 million of these grandparents are married (including separated couples)
  • About 871,212 of these grandparents are age 60 or older
  • About 1.7 million of these grandparents are responsible for grandchildren who were in the labor force, out of the total 2.7 million who were responsible for grandchildren.

Show your appreciation for your grandparents on September 9th! Their dedication and wisdom keep families strong. Generations United, an organization that supports intergenerational collaboration, is offering ideas on how to celebrate National Grandparents Day at You can also find ideas on how to celebrate this observance on AoA’s Facebook page and Twitter page.