Grand Rapids, MI (November 2, 2016) – Today the YMCA of Greater Grand Rapids announced Kids Day Out; an initiative to host child care services on Election Day, providing busy parents and guardians the opportunity to make it easier to get to the polls on November 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.

Cost- YMCA Members: Free
Cost- Non-Members: $6 per child

Child care must be in 2 hour time blocks, at the following locations:

  • David D. Hunting YMCA – 475 Lake Michigan Dr. NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49504
  • Mary Free Bed YMCA – 5500 Burton St., Grand Rapids, MI 49546
  • Spartan Stores YMCA – 5722 Metro Way, Wyoming, MI 49519
  • Wolverine Worldwide Family YMCA – 6555 Jupiter Ave., Belmont, MI 49306
  • Visser Family YMCA – 3540 Fairlanes, SW Grandville, MI 49418
  • Lowell YMCA – 1335 West Main St., Lowell, MI 49331

Preregistration 24 hours in advance is required, and space is limited. To register, visit the for more information on available times and locations.

“Our hope is that 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,"  said Nicole Pratt, Association Child Care Director. “As the largest provider of child care in Kent County, we see the potential in all kids and understand if given the opportunity to succeed, children can grow up to be anything they want—including 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 child care, 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.