Some Benefits

 

Programs that involve adults in child care can help fulfill two needs. They provide meaningful activity–and possibly employment- -for older workers, and add to the number of adult care providers for children. These programs develop the sense of self-worth of many older workers, giving them opportunities to socialize outside their age group, share their knowledge, and learn new activities. Similarly, young children have opportunities–often for the first time–to talk to, learn from, and work with older adults. They overcome fears, discard stereotypes, give and receive affection, work together, and learn about a time their parents don’t even remember.

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