Local YMCA offers election night childcare

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MOLINE, Illinois (KWQC) – Millions of voters will head to the polls on election night, Tuesday, November 8, 2016.

For parents hoping to cast their ballot at the polls, select YMCA’s are offering childcare.

In the Quad Cities, at least one local YMCA is providing this service on election night. The Two Rivers YMCA says they are offering this service to parents for free, but there are some rules.

Children must be three-years-old or older and must be potty-trained. On election night the limit is 100 kids at a time and parents are expected to return promptly.

The service will be offered from 4 to 8 p.m. Nov. 8 and will be free if parents return with an “I Voted” sticker. If a parent does not return with a sticker, the cost is $5 per child.

“We really are a community based organization and it seems to be one of those ways we can encourage people to vote, support people who may not have options for childcare to go our and vote, and it’s just a great time to have the kids here with the Y and expose alot of people to the Y,” said Christy Filby, Strategic Initiatives Executive and Senior Director of Youth Development for Two Rivers YMCA.

Filby says they are also hoping that this will help provide a good example for kids and the Y will be featuring election night activities for the kids.

“We are going to have fun election themed activities, ” said Filby. “We may have some fun voting activities like for their favorite food. We really want to make it fun for the kids as well as give an opportunity for the parents to vote.”

The Two Rivers YMCA is providing the childcare at their Spirit, Mind, and Body Center located at 1811 53rd St. in Moline.

For more information or to find out if a particular YMCA is providing election night childcare, head to your YMCA’s website or call.

Two Rivers YMCA can be contacted by phone (309-797-3945) or you can view their website.

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