The Wilton Family YMCA is holding “Zoe for President: Kids Day Out,” an initiative to offer child care services for free to members on Election Day, providing busy parents and guardians the opportunity to make it easier to get to the polls on Tuesday, Nov. 8. Acknowledging the challenges for many to balance personal life with civic duty, the Y wants to make sure all Americans are able to exercise their right to vote.
The Zoe for President: Kids Day Out program is part of a nationwide program offered by Y’s across the country.
Two time blocks have been scheduled for YMCA members to drop off their children from the ages of toddlers to 12 year olds before heading to the polls: 8 a.m.-1 p.m. and 4:30-8 p.m.. There is a 90-minute time limit (parents are asked to pick up no later than 1 p.m. or 8 p.m.) and parents must show an “I Voted” sticker upon return.
Zoe for President: Kids Day Out is a component of Zoe for President, the Y’s effort to elect a one-year-old girl as our nation’s Commander in Chief…in 2064. It highlights the potential the Y sees in all kids to grow up and change the world if they’re nurtured properly and supported along the way. Through Y initiatives like childcare, academic enrichment, mentorship, college prep, job training, and more, kids have the opportunities to succeed, grow, and one day, maybe even become president. The Y aims to impart the values of what it means to achieve—how hard work, determination, perseverance and character can drive someone to success beyond what they thought possible.
“Our hope is that Zoe for President: Kids Day Out helps parents and care givers make sure their voices are heard, and the very children we care for are given every opportunity to reach their future potential,” says Bob McDowell, CEO, Riverbrook Regional YMCA. “As the largest provider of child care in the country, the Y sees the potential in all kids and understands if given the opportunity to succeed, children can grow up to be anything they want—including president.”