Policy Resource

Grandparents Day 2012 is a Time for Advocates to Do Something Grand

Sep 18, 2012

This Sunday, September 9th is Grandparents Day – a chance for infant and toddler advocates to Do Something Grand.

The upcoming day of recognition offers an opportunity not only to celebrate the grandparents in our lives, but to honor grandparents by doing something grand for the next generation. Generations United—along with ZERO TO THREE and other key partners—has planned a full week of intergenerational activism from September 8th through 15th. We’re calling on grandparents and older adults to share their wisdom and perspective, and begin an important dialogue: discussing how, as a country, we can address the many challenges facing future generations—from literacy to health and wellness to financial stability.

Older adults play an important role in the lives of young children; whether it’s passing on a new tradition, playing a game, or sharing a quiet walk together, grandparents and older adults play a crucial role in shaping the youngest generation. While many grandparents provide occasional care for their little ones, more and more grandparents are serving as the primary caregiver for their young grandchildren. More than 2.5 million grandparents have taken on the responsibility for raising their grandchildren. Among children who are living with a grandparent who is primarily responsible for their care, 44% are under the age of 6. Grandparents Day is a chance for advocates to respond to the Presidents’ proclamation calling on Americans to “honor those who have helped shape the character of our Nation, and thank these role models for their immeasurable acts of love, care, and understanding.”

How can you get involved? Leading up to Grandparents Day 2012, there are many ways to do something grand. Whether it is getting the word out through social media, writing a letter to your elected official, helping a young adult register to vote, or volunteering with a support program for grandparents raising grandchildren, you can help recognize this important day.

Read Generation United’s Take Action Guide and learn what you can do to advocate on behalf of America’s future: our children. Join in and do something grand!

Grandparents and Older Adults: We’re asking you to commit to do something grand and share your wisdom, perspectives and key civic values with young people and advocate on their behalf.

Children, Youth, and Younger Adults: We’re asking you to commit to do something grand and connect and serve with your grandparents or older adults in your community.

Grandfamilies: You provide a safe and loving home to your grandchildren or other relatives in your care. We think you are doing something grand for children every day of the year.

Intergenerational Programs: You are doing something grand every time you bring younger and older people together. We’re asking you to plan and coordinate grand intergenerational activism projects.



U.S. Census Bureau, “Grandchildren Under 18 Years Living With A Grandparent Householder By Grandparent Responsibility, Presence of Parent, and Age Of Grandchild: Table B10001.” In 2010 American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2011, www.census.gov.

  • Author

    Patricia A. Cole

    Senior Director of Federal Policy


Read more about:

You might also be interested in