Are you a parent or caregiver who plans to vote in person on Election Day? We have good news! Care.com and the Armed Services YMCA are teaming up to bring free childcare for parents who need to get to the polls on November 3rd.

So brilliant. And considering all that parents are being asked to do this year, we are SO SO GRATEFUL!

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Starting today, parents in select areas of the country can register for a minimum 4-hour block of free childcare on Election Day, Tuesday, November 3.  I’ve been using Care.com to find babysitters for years now, and the YMCA? Well it’s been a crucial sanity-saver for me since I became a parent, so it’s no surprise to me that they’re teaming up to help parents — and, you know — preserve democracy.

The service is available in select cities in 11 states including San Diego, CA; Colorado Springs, CO; Augusta, GA; Rochester, NY; Oklahoma City, OK; Ogden, UT, and six Texas locations — and bonus for military parents, a few locations are on bases, just for you.

We wish it could be in more cities but hey, it’s a terrific effort and will mean a lot for a lot of parents.

I’ve been seeing some incredibly long, and definitely not kid-friendly, long lines during early voting, and while I hope Election Day looks different, I’m glad that parents will have have a guaranteed kid-free time block to vote, knowing your kids are in great hand. Instead of packing a day’s worth of crayons and crackers. Oof.

Register at the Armed Services YMCA website now to reserve your spot. Slots will book quickly so hurry!

Top image: Glen Carrie via Unsplash

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