Foster Grandparents program participants recognized

This year at Bradford-Tioga Head Start's kickoff in-service day, foster grandparents were recognized. From left, they are Vicki Adams, Athens 2; Jo Malier, Troy 2; Martha Spencer, Canton 2; Patty Beals, Canton 1.  Missing from picture:  Elly Loomis, Troy 1.

Bradford-Tioga Head Start, Inc. partners with the Foster Grandparent Program, directed by the Area Agency on Aging, to have foster grandparents in early childhood education classrooms. This partnership began in 2000 and continues to flourish today.

The Foster Grandparent Program provides a way for volunteers age 55 and over to stay active by serving children and youth in their communities.

In the classrooms, foster grandparents are role models, mentors, and friends to children in every classroom to work with children who can use a little extra help and provide one-on-one tutoring; however, they are really a “grandparent” to all of the children in the classroom.

To become a foster grandparent, all that is needed is the ability to give the kind of comfort and love that sets a child on the path toward a successful future.

Those 55 or older who want to share their experience and compassion have what it takes to be a foster grandparent.

For more information on how to become a foster grandparent, call the Foster Grandparent Program at the Area Agency on Aging at 1-800-982-4346.