National Grandparents Day 2013: Sept. 8
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. This day has been celebrated every year since in honor of our nation’s grandparents. The Census Bureau presents updates of statistics about their role and responsibilities in our society.
• 7 million - The number of grandparents whose grandchildren under age 18 were living with them in 2011.
• 2.7 million - The number of grandparents responsible for the basic needs of one or more grandchildren under age 18 living with them in 2011. Of these caregivers, 1.7 million were grandmothers, and 1.0 million were grandfathers.
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