Military families in need of child care on Election Day can take advantage of a free drop-off program from the Armed Services YMCA (ASYMCA) and Care.com … but you’ll need to sign up in advance.
More than two dozen locations in 11 states will offer some type of care during voting hours, though age, duration, and hours vary by location. Reserve your spot in advance by contacting the location near you; click the link above for more details and to see the facility list, which as of Oct. 26 included:
- California: Armed Services YMCAs in San Diego and Twentynine Palms
- Colorado: Garden Ranch YMCA in Colorado Springs
- Florida: Deland Family YMCA in Deland and Southeast Volusia YMCA in Edgewater.
- Georgia: Augusta South Family Y in Augusta, Liberty County YMCA in Hinesville
- Illinois: O’Fallon Illinois YMCA
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- New York: Carthage YMCA in Carthage, YMCA Center for Equity in Rochester, Downtown YMCA and Fairgrounds YMCA in Watertown
- North Carolina: New River YMCA in Jacksonville
- Oklahoma: Midwest City YMCA in Midwest City, Earlywine Park YMCA in Oklahoma City
- Tennessee: YMCA Camp Widjiwagan in Antioch, Clarksville Area YMCA in Clarksville
- Texas: Airport Area YMCA in Bedford, Armed Services YMCA in El Paso, Northwest YMCA and YMCA Camp Carter in Fort Worth, Mays Family YMCA at Potranco and Thousand Oaks Family YMCA in San Antonio
- Utah: Larry H. and Gail Miller Family Foundation YMCA Community Family Center in Ogden, YMCA Community Family Center in Taylorsville
“MOAA is thrilled to see ASYMCA step up to fill a need for military families on Election Day,” said Eryn Wagnon, MOAA’s director of government relations for military family policy and spouse affairs. “We have heard from many military families that securing hourly/drop-in care is difficult. This service will provide military parents with an additional option so they don’t have to pick between their civic duty and parental duty.”
The ASYMCA has more than 200 centers serving 93 military installations. Learn more about its programs at ASYMCA.org.