Parents and caregivers on their way to vote may drop off children at the Learn & Play center at any of the metro’s eight YMCA branches
(DES MOINES, IA) – All eight branches of the YMCA of Greater Des Moines are providing free childcare on Election Day to make it easier for parents to vote.
Through the Parents to the Polls program, Learn & Play Centers at local Y branches will provide children ages 6 weeks to 9 years with a safe, fun place to play for up to two hours while their parents or caregivers visit their local polling places on November 6. The service is free and open to both members and non-members.
“Supporting parents and caregivers is an important part of our commitment to help children learn and grow,” said Cameron Nicholson, vice president of internal affairs 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 safe, welcoming place for their kids on Election Day.”
If children are not already registered Learn & Play participants, their parents or caregivers will need to show photo ID and fill out a registration card. The Parents to the Polls program will be offered during regular Learn & Play Center hours at each branch; check www.dmymca.org/learnandplay for branch locations and hours.