Zoe’s Kids Day Out is part of a national YMCA initiative to make it easier for busy parents and caregivers to get to the polls on Election Day.
(DES MOINES, IA) – All nine branches of the YMCA of Greater Des Moines are providing childcare on Election Day to make it easier for parents to vote.
The Des Moines YMCA joins other YMCAs throughout the country taking part in Zoe’s Kids Day Out, an extension of the Y’s national Zoe for President Campaign. Zoe is a one-year old child who has been featured in YMCA promotions this election season to represent every child’s potential to achieve great things – even the presidency of the United States one day – if they’re properly nurtured and encouraged along the way.
“Supporting parents and caregivers is an important part of our efforts to help children learn and grow,” said Kim Stewart, director of operations for the YMCA of Greater Des Moines. “We want to make it easier and more convenient for parents to exercise their right to vote by providing a welcoming place for their kids on Election Day.”
Des Moines YMCA branches are opening their Learn & Play Centers to members and non-members alike for the Kids Day Out program on November 8. The Y’s Learn & Play Centers will provide children ages 6 weeks to 9 years with a safe, fun place to play while their parents or caregivers visit their local polling places. Cost of the program is $1 per child for YMCA members and $2 per child for non-members for an hour of care.
If children are not already registered Learn & Play participants, their parents or caregivers will need to fill out a registration card. The Election Day program will be offered during regular Learn & Play Center hours at each branch.