AUSTIN, Texas — More parents are soon going to be able to take advantage of affordable daycare while they continue their education.

Austin Community College is expanding its "child watch drop-in centers" at the ACC Highland campus starting Monday. The daycare used to only be for ages three to 12, but starting Monday, they're accepting children as young as 1 year old. Also, any care for a second child will be half off.

The school provides the space. YMCA provides the resources along with employees who are background checked and trained. That's something parents are grateful for because childcare can be pricey.

"Some places you have to pay a certain amount each month, $400 or $500 whether they come all the time or not," said Jon Moore, who's enrolling at ACC. "So you tend to lose a lot of money like that."


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For a max of three hours a day, the program allows parents to pay $4 per hour for the care. The school provides the space. Parents with several kids get 50 percent off for any additional kids.

Officials with the program said this helps parents and benefits the child.