National Grandparents Day will be held on September 10th this year, the U.S. Census Bureau reminds us.
According to Census, in 1970, Marian McQuade initiated a campaign to establish a day to honor grandparents. In 1978, President Jimmy Carter signed a federal proclamation, declaring the first Sunday after Labor Day as National Grandparents Day.
To honor our nation’s grandparents, the U.S. Census Bureau presents statistics about their role in American society as caregivers of their grandchildren.
For instance, in 2015 there were 7.3 million caregiver-grandparents, whose grandchildren under age 18 were living with them.
Around 2.6 million grandparents are responsible for the basic needs of one or more grandchild under age 18 living with them in 2015.
Of these caregivers, 1.6 million were grandmothers and 1.0 million were grandfathers
A full 509,922 grandparents are responsible for grandchildren under age 18, but whose income was below the poverty level in the past 12 months. This compares with the 2.1 million grandparent caregivers whose income was at or above the poverty level.
This is amazing information. Not only do we owe our grandparents life itself, but society owes them a great debt for the huge role they play in raising the children of their children.