The Austin Community College District (ACC) is designated as a Best Place for Working Parents for the second year in a row for its family-friendly policies, employee resources, and programs that support working parents.

“I’m honored that ACC has been recognized as one of Austin’s best places for working parents for the second year in a row. This is a testament to the family-friendly work policies and practices we have at ACC,” says Dr. Richard Rhodes, ACC chancellor. “The pandemic has really shown us the importance and need for grace and flexibility and we will continue to explore ways in which we can best support our employees — especially our working parents.”

The Best Place for Working Parents is a statewide network of business leaders supporting businesses with research-backed strategies that benefit working parents and businesses’ bottom line. 

The designation measures eligible businesses based on a series of questions. ACC was recognized for its values and work to create and maintain a sustainable, safe, and healthy environment for students and employees. The college also was recognized for its multiple resources offered to working parents including: 

  • Paid healthcare coverage
  • Paid vacation and sick leave
  • Paid maternity and paternity leave
  • Private lactation rooms
  • Ability to shift schedules
  • Ability to work from home
  • FSA Dependent Day Care
  • Dependent coverage offered for medical and dental (employee paid)

In addition to these services, ACC also partners with Deer Oaks to provide mental and physical support for all employees. Programs include: 

The Deer Oaks Maternity at Work Program: Focus on the health and well-being of the expectant or new mother and her family. Deer Oaks counselors help new mothers remain focused on workplace objectives so they can maintain healthy performance while placing extreme emphasis on the physical and mental health of mom and baby.

Employee Assistance Program (EAP):  EAP provides free and confidential assessments, short-term counseling, referrals, prevention, and education services for you and your dependents.

For more information on ACC’s support services for employees, visit