For some parents, Election Day is just another Tuesday. 

Playtime at the Polls aims to lift the voices of those doing the important job of raising the next generation.

In 2020, we aim to be in one polling center in every town & city in Rhode Island.

Between working, pick-ups, soccer, homework and making dinner, it can be a struggle to fit in a trip to the polls. 

People in their child-rearing years vote nearly 25% less frequently than folks 65 years and older. (



We can't elect leaders that reflect our values if we don't practically address the roadblocks that keep us from casting a ballot.

Too often, parents must choose to pay for extra childcare in order to vote. 

By meeting families where they are, kids will learn about their impact & civic duty, creating a new generation of active & engaged voters.


Towns & Cities

Playtime at the Polls 2020

Partner Communities  







North Kingstown

North Providence 






West Warwick 

The following Boards of Canvassers have approved Playtime at the Polls for 2020

Playtime at the Polls is a Rhode Island-based 501(c)3 non-profit that partners with local Boards of Canvassers. 
Our program is offered at NO COST because we receive our funding from grants, donations and sponsorships. 
Each Board of Canvassers must approve Playtime at the Polls to set up in ONE polling location in 2020. 



At the Table








Access to Playtime at the Polls is NOT 

dependent on your town's willingness or

ability to pay for it.

We are able to offer this program at

NO COST because Playtime at the Polls

is entirely funded by donations large & 

small, grants and corporate sponsorships.


We welcome donations to help support families no matter their zip code - 

Donate today! 

Click here to listen to an interview with Founding Director, Meg Carnaroli
on the podcast, Waffles Friends Work


The following locations have already been approved!

Call today to get YOUR TOWN on the roster! 

Bristol - Community Rec. Center

Cranston - Parkview Middle School

Exeter - Phoenix House

Jamestown - Community Rec. Center

Middletown - Gaudet Middle School

Narragansett - TBD

North Kingstown - Stony Lane Elementary School

North Providence - North Providence High School

Pawtucket - Curtis Elementary

Portsmouth - Portsmouth Middle School

Providence - George J West Elementary

Scituate - Scituate High School

Warwick - Robertson Elementary  

West Warwick - Wakefield Hills Elementary

The backbone of Playtime at the Polls is our super-star volunteers.

We are plan to be in ONE polling center in each town-city in RI.

We are looking for both "Location Leaders" and Volunteers.   

Call 401-487-5200 or email today! 

Location Leader

As a Playtime at the Polls Location Leader you will: 

  • Work with Playtime at the Polls to prepare for Election Day 2020.

  • Be the contact person for the the polling center in your city/town

  • Recruit volunteers for your location - family, friends, parents, students, community members

  • Create a volunteer schedule for Election Day

  • Collect and submit volunteer background checks

  • Set up the Playtime table on Election Day

  • Clean up & break down table at the end of Election Day. 

Playtime Volunteer

Parents! Students! Community members! This could be you! We are looking for volunteers to staff the Playtime at the Polls tables at various polling centers across RI. In 2020, we plan to be in at least one polling center in each of the 39 cities/towns in RI. Contact us today to find out which polling center in your town is looking for volunteers. Volunteering is a great way to fulfill graduation requirements or community service hours. 

Tails to Teach Therapy Dog Maggie
stayed all day to give some snuggles. 

We'd love to hear from YOU

Contact Information

Meg Carnaroli


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