What Foster Grandparents Do
Foster Grandparents serve in community settings such as schools, daycares, Head Starts, youth centers or any organization that serves children. In these community settings, our volunteers support children and give one-on-one attention and encouragement. They offer a listening ear to a troubled or distracted child who may be struggling to learn or even fit in. They nurture infants, help children learn to read, mentor neglected or abused children, assist children with learning or physical disabilities, keep struggling children on task and provide encouragement and academic or emotional support to troubled or at-risk children and youth.
In child care centers, Foster Grandparents provide caring, gentle attention to babies, toddlers and pre-schoolers, helping them with the building blocks of literacy, pre-reading and pre-math, cognitive development and thinking skills, social and behavioral skills and emotional health. To accomplish these goals, Foster Grandparents engage in positive play, reading and nurturing. Teachers show them what is needed on a daily basis and soon Foster Grandparents feel like an important part of the team – without the responsibilities and pressures of a job.
Program management also conducts regular assessments of the impact of the Foster Grandparents program on both the children served, and the senior volunteers:
2013 RESULTS OF TEACHERS’ REPORTING ON OUTCOMES AND EFFECTIVENESS OF FOSTER GRANDPARENTS (PDF document will open in new window)