The YMCA Will Watch Your Kids for Free So You Can Vote on Election Day

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Zoe Buck, 14 mos., holds onto her mother, Julie Buck, as she votes in a booth on Nov. 4, 2014, in Anchorage, Alaska. Ted S. Warren/AP

Election Day can be stressful for parents trying to fit voting into their already-busy schedules.

That stress is magnified for families with children in schools that close for Election Day.

The YMCA of the USA wants to make it easier for parents and caregivers to vote on Nov. 8 by providing free child care.

“Taking kids to the polls may add stress for busy parents and caregivers,” the Y said in a statement. “The Y is committed to doing its part to make sure all Americans can vote.”

How to Get Free Childcare on Election Day

Contact your local YMCA for information on the services available in your area.

For example, YMCA of Metropolitan Chattanooga, Tennessee, will offer child care for up to two hours between 8 a.m. and 1 p.m., and again between 4 p.m. and 8 p.m. Non-members must call to reserve space.

At First Coast YMCA, which serves the St. Augustine, Florida area, parents can RSVP online for two free hours in the KidsZone play area at any branch. Children must be at least 2 years old, and parents must print and sign a waiver to bring with them when they drop off their child.

The Y calls the initiative “Zoe’s Kids Day Out” as a part of its Zoe for President campaign, which highlights the Y’s work in fostering bright futures for children (who may someday grow up to be president).

Your Turn: Parents, how do you fit voting into your busy day? Will you take advantage of free child care?

Lisa Rowan is a writer and producer at The Penny Hoarder.

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