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SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 8: GRANDPARENTS DAYProfile America — Sunday, September 8th. This is National Grandparents Day — recognizing the love and help they provide, and their growing importance to the survival of many American families. The special day was the idea of
Marian McQuade of
Fayette County, West Virginia, and has been observed nationally since 1979. Today, grandparents are increasingly not just relatives to be visited on holidays and weekends, but part of the year-round household for many children. Some 7 million grandparents, together or separated, have around 5.5 million minor grandchildren living with them. Putting it another way, 10 percent of America's children under the age of 18 live with at least one grandparent, and almost 2 million of those grandparents are responsible for the children's' care. You can find more facts about America from the U.S. Census Bureau, online at
Sources: U.S. Census Bureau, Facts for Features, CB13-FF.18
Profile America is produced by the Center for New Media and Promotions of the U.S. Census Bureau. These daily features are available as produced segments, ready to air, on the Internet at
http://www.census.gov (look for "Multimedia Gallery" by the "Newsroom" button).
SOURCE U.S. Census Bureau