FiftyForward Foster Grandparent Program (FGP)

FiftyForward was selected as an original site for the national Foster Grandparent Program more than 54 years ago and proudly continues to provide exceptional tutoring and mentoring for children in Davidson County.

Each year,  70 low-income adults (age 55+) serve approximately 68,000 hours as volunteers providing one-on-one mentoring and tutoring for more than 1,800 at-risk children. FiftyForward Foster Grandparent volunteers play an important role in the development and educational success of children ages 2 years through 4th grade.

FiftyForward FGP volunteers tutor and mentor children, Monday – Thursday, five hours each day, in child learning centers and Metro Nashville Public and Charter schools.  For their service, volunteers receive a tax-free stipend, mileage reimbursement and a free lunch each day.

Current FiftyForward Foster Grandparents are stationed at these locations:

  • 15th Avenue Child Learning Center
  • Cora Howe Exceptional School
  • East End Prep.
  • 18th Ave. Family Enrichment
  • Explore Community Elementary
  • Fannie Battle Day Home
  • McNeilly Center for Children
  • McNeilly Toddler Center
  • Napier Enhanced Option School
  • Rocketship Northeast
  • Rocketship United
  • Smithson Craighead Academy
  • Temple Academy
  • Warner Enhanced Option School

This program is funded primarily through the Corporation for National and Community Service and FiftyForward. For more information about the program or becoming a Foster Grandparent volunteer, please call Penny Gammons, Director,  pgammons@fiftyforward.org or call (615) 743-3420.


Penny Gammons, Director Foster Grandparent Program

Program offices are located in the FiftyForward/Patricia Hart Building at 174 Rains Avenue, Nashville, TN 37203.