Grandparents: Sharing the Care

For many families with children under 5, grandparents fill a critical need for infant-toddler child care that is trusted, affordable, and accessible.

In fact, approximately 24% of all children under 5—almost 1 in 4—were cared for by grandparents while their parents worked or attended school…about the same number of children enrolled in formal child care programs!

In 2017, with support from the David and Lucile Packard Foundation, ZERO TO THREE developed a series of resources for grandparents, parents, and professionals working with multigenerational families focused on “sharing the care.”

In 2018, we followed up with three short films, each profiling a family where a grandparent was providing regular child care—to allow parents to work, attend classes, or play a more active role in the community. 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.

Grandparents are out there, providing contributions of love, time and effort in families of every description. These are their stories.

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