The Grand Plan: Grandparent Resources
As childcare costs continue to rise, more and more grandparents are stepping up to provide childcare for today’s infants and toddlers. There are great rewards to these relationships, but the dynamics can be challenging to navigate. ZERO TO THREE has created a suite of resources to arm professionals with the latest tools and best practices for working with families across generations.
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Meet three amazing families. In each family, the grandparents are providing regular child care to allow parents to work, attend classes, or play a more active role in the community. This isn’t unusual. In fact, 1 in 4 children today are cared for by their grandparents as working parents struggle to find and afford childcare. The circumstances are different from family to family. But the challenges they face, the gratitude they feel, and the support they’d find helpful are remarkably similar.
Resources for Professionals
Understand the important role that grandparents play in providing regular child care for today’s young children and learn how to support these multi-generational connections.
- Webinar: Grandparents as Child Care Providers: Virtual event discussing how grandparents view their role and sharing tips on helping families navigate this essential three-generation relationship.
- Literature Review: Grandparents Who Care: Key findings about the benefits and challenges of grandparent-provided care, with guidance about grandparents’ needs and how to best address them.
Resources for Families
Explore quick guides covering the latest child care strategies and resources to help you support your children and grandchildren.
- The Grandparent Guide: What’s New? What’s the Same?: For grandparents providing care for young grandchildren, here’s a guide to what’s new and what has stayed the same—from sleeping to mealtimes to setting limits—when it comes to caring for babies and toddlers.
- If You Only Knew: A Tool for Grandparent Caregivers: Provides a way to think about “sharing the care” across generations and guidance for dialogue about the shared tasks of caregiving.
Learn More: Grandparents as Caregivers
Explore the research and hear directly from more grandparents about how they view their role providing childcare for their grandchildren.
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For many families with children under 5, grandparents fill a critical need for infant-toddler child care that is trusted, affordable, and accessible.
ZERO TO THREE recently set out to find out what “sharing the care” is like for families using grandparent-provided child care, and what can be done to make this experience easier for both generations.