We Play Drop Zone

Angela Cobb stands in front of a banner for her new business, We Play Drop Zone in Killeen on Wednesday, Oct. 11, 2017. The day care is located at the corner of Eighth Street and Church Avenue. The day care will have its official grand opening on Monday.

A day care is opening in Killeen that will allow drop-in care for children ages 6 weeks to 13 years old.

After hearing a story on the news about a single mom getting in trouble for leaving her children in a car while the mother interviewed for a job, Angela Sunday Cobb felt a drop-in service was needed.

“I was a single mother, and I had stuff I had to do. I had doctor’s appointments and I wasn’t able to take my kids to some of those appointments,” Cobb said.

She said paying for drop-in care at day care centers is almost like paying for full-time care, when care was only needed for a couple of hours.

“Then there were times when I wanted to go out and I didn’t have anybody to keep my kids just for a couple hours.”

Cobb has been running an in-home day care since 2011, with a small break in 2013.

Parents needing care can utilize We Play Drop Zone at 617 N. Eighth St., Suite C, in Killeen, for a minimum of two hours to a maximum of five hours; however, some full-time care may be available on a case-by-case basis.

The center is a state-licensed day care center.

The hourly rates for one child is $6 per hour, two children $11 per hour, three children $14 per hour, and four or more children $18 per hour. In addition to the hourly rate, a $20 annual registration fee will also be charged.

Day care hours are Monday to Thursday from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Friday and Saturday from 7 a.m. to midnight; and Sunday from 1 p.m. to 9 p.m.

A grand opening event will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. today and will feature food, games and entertainment.

Families who register during the grand opening will receive a 50 percent discount on the registration fee, making it only $10 to sign up.

Cobb said she will be looking to hire additional caregivers next month. Those who are interested in a job can stop by and fill out an application.

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