Subsidized Child Care by Grandparents: Profiles of Caregivers in an Emerging Public Service Context

Steven G Anderson, Meirong Liu, Minli Liao

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Grandparents have become an important source of subsidized noncustodial child care provision as states have developed child care subsidy programs for working families. Based on a sample of 140 grandparents providing care in one state subsidy program, this article examines grandparent characteristics, caregiving patterns, experiences with care provision, and training and resource needs in this emerging public service context. Our findings indicate that grandparents provide care largely for altruistic reasons. They offer vital care during nontraditional work hours and are more receptive to training provision than often is understood. Based on study findings, several strategies are presented for supporting subsidized grandparent caregivers.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)242-259
Number of pages18
JournalJournal of Women and Aging
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jul 8 2013
Externally publishedYes



  • child care
  • child care subsidies
  • grandparent caregiving
  • unlicensed child care
  • welfare reform

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geriatrics and Gerontology
  • Gender Studies

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