Today, grandparents are the country's leading childcare providers, watching 21 percent of the nation's 19.6 million preschoolers during the workday, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. Why do so many parents turn to their own parents for childcare? One reason is that daycare costs are prohibitive for many two-income families. A recent survey conducted by the Children's Defense Fund found that childcare runs an average of $4,000 to $6,000 a year -- and as much as $10,000 in some cities. But there are other factors as well: "There is nobody that you'd trust more with your child than his grandmother," says Faith Wohl, president of the Child Care Action Campaign in New York City. "She's connected to your baby, and she loves him almost as much as you do."
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