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Boomer Grandparents Are Stepping In for Mom and Dad

When child care costs a fortune, it's grandma and grandpa to the rescue

By Bryce Kirchoff

Being an involved grandparent can have measurable mental health benefits and help teach grandchildren important life lessons, but it is also a way for families to manage overwhelming child care costs.

Child care expenses have skyrocketed in recent years. In at least 24 states and the District of Columbia, day care for a 4-year-old costs more than the average rate of in-state tuition at a public university. Running as much as $1,500 per month, it's no wonder some parents are turning to their parents to bridge the gap.

This video from CBS News shows how boomer grandparents have become increasingly involved in providing child care for their grandchildren while Mom and Dad are at work. And, as you will see, they wouldn't have it any other way.

Bryce Kirchoff has produced web and social media campaigns for organizations at all levels of the media industry and also has experience launching community engagement initiatives, building websites and crafting social campaigns. He holds a master’s of science degree in New Media Management from Syracuse University’s S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications and lives in Los Angeles. Read More
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