What Foster Grandparents Do
Foster Grandparents serve in community settings such as schools, daycares, Head Starts, youth centers or any non-profit organization that serves children.
In schools, Foster Grandparents give one-on-one attention to students in support of their academic goals. Foster Grandparents help children learn to read, practice math skills, mentor neglected or abused children, assist children with learning disabilities, keep struggling children on task, and provide encouragement and academic or emotional support to students. Foster Grandparents serve as positive role models and are there to provide additional support to students.
In child care centers, Foster Grandparents provide caring attention to babies, toddlers and pre-schoolers, helping them with the building blocks of early learning. Foster Grandparents help children to develop skills in early literacy, language and cognitive development, and social skills. To accomplish these goals, Foster Grandparents engage in positive play, reading, modelling, and nurturing. Foster Grandparents feel like an important part of the team – without the responsibilities and pressures of a job.