A workshop series for grandparents caring for grandchildren under five was developed by ZERO TO THREE and piloted online in 2021 as part of a multi-year effort to create resources specifically for grandparents and kinship caregivers. Seven workshops, each 90 minutes long, offer a unique 3-generation approach: Grandparents receive the latest information on child-rearing, strategies for collaborating with their grandchild’s parents, and opportunities to connect with their grandchildren through read-alouds and art activities. Workshop materials (detailed lesson plans, slide decks, and grandparent handouts) are available online at no charge to organizations wishing to run a program of their own.
Of seven pilot sites, five provided the workshop series to grandparents sharing the care with parents and two sites provided the series to grandparents raising grandchildren without parents present. Two sites offered the workshops in Spanish; five were in English. Pre- and post-program data showed statistically significant changes in five parenting constructs and near-unanimous positive assessment of qualitative aspects of the program. This article includes details on how the program was developed and how it was received when piloted in 2021, as well as suggestions for implementation.
(2024). Grand Connections: A Workshop Series to Support Grandparents Caring for Grandchildren Under 5. GrandFamilies: The Contemporary Journal of Research, Practice and Policy, 7 (2).
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