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 number of grandparents whose grandchildren under 18 years old were living with them in 2012.
The number of grandparents responsible for the basic needs of one or more grandchildren under age 18 living with them in 2012. Of these caregivers, 1.7 million were grandmothers and 1.0 million were grandfathers.
The number of grandparents responsible for grandchildren under age 18 and whose income was below the poverty level in the past 12 months, compared with the 2.1 million grandparent caregivers whose income was at or above the poverty level.
Median income for families with grandparent householders responsible for grandchildren under age 18. Among these families, where a parent of the grandchildren was not present, the median income was $35,296.
The number of grandparents responsible for their grandchildren who speak only English. Another 252,775 speak another language, but speak English "very well"; 398,387 speak another language and speak English less than "very well." Source: U.S. Census Bureau, 2012 American Community Survey, Table B10054 <http://factfinder2.census.gov/bkmk/table/1.0/en/ACS/12_1YR/B10054>
The number of children under age 18 living with a grandparent householder in 2012. Nearly half, 48 percent or 2.7 million, were under age 6.
The number of nursery, garden center and farm supply businesses with paid employees in the U.S. in 2012. The forget-me-not was named the official flower of National Grandparents Day by the National Grandparents Day Council.
The number of musicians, singers and related workers employed full time, year-round, in 2012. "A Song for Grandma and Grandpa" was named the official song of National Grandparents Day in 2004 by the National Grandparents Day Council.