Foster Grandparents


Foster Grandparents are seniors, 55 and over, that volunteer as tutors or mentors for children in a variety of community organizations including public and private schools, Head Start programs, libraries and daycare centers.  The local Foster Grandparent Program enrolls more than 100 senior volunteers who tutor and mentor children in more than 40 schools and Head Starts throughout the greater Alton area.  Each year these volunteers provide over 100,000 hours of tutoring and mentoring to children in our local school districts who are at risk of falling behind a grade level.

In year-end evaluations, teacher’s reported that 88% of students assigned to a Foster Grandparent improved their reading performance and 91% of students improved their overall academic performance.

There are no educational requirements to become a Foster Grandparent, and volunteers donate between 15-40 hours per week at their assigned school.  They act as role models by being a dependable and positive influence on children as they provide support, encouragement and empathy throughout the school day.

The Foster Grandparent Program is funded by the Corporation for National and Community Service and the Illinois Department on Aging and is sponsored locally by Senior Services Plus, Inc. in Alton.

For more information about the Foster Grandparent Program contact the Program Coordinator by Phone: (618)-463-0067 Fax: (618)-463-0301

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