How Much Does KinderCare Cost?


Written by:  Howmuchisit.org Staff
Last Updated:  August 10, 2018

KinderCare, a childcare program offered via the KinderCare company, offer multiple locations throughout the United States.

While most centers offer daycare services, they also offer preschool and kindergarten readiness programs.

KinderCare by m01229, on Flickr
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How much does KinderCare tuition cost?

According to the official KinderCare Learning Center website, there’s no one-size-fits answer as the tuition rate will vary depending on your region, the number of days per week you need care, the number of hours you need per day, your child’s age and the programs they are enrolled in.  Based on these factors, from our research, you should be prepared to spend $180 to $400 per week for a full-time program.  The afterschool programs, from what we researched, were about $125 to $150 per week.

With so many factors in play, we researched to see what other parents paid and included our findings inside the table below:

Program/AgePrices Quoted
1 year old$235/week for a full-time program
Infant (six months old)$350/week for a full-time program
Infant (four months old) in DC area$400/week for a full-time program
Twin infants (six months old)$1,500/mo each
2 year old$175/week for a full-time program
Infant (six weeks old)$287/week for a full-time program
Infant (six months old)$286/week for a full-time program
Infant (six months old)$180/week for two days per week
Infant (six months old)$319/week for a full-time program
Infant (three months old) in Minneapolis area$311/week for a full-time program
Four year old pre-K program$215/week for a full-time program

According to this Loudoun County, Virginia PDF, they listed the costs for three KinderCare centers in the area, with the prices ranging from $$267 to $323 per week, with the afterschool programs costing an average of $146 per week.

An ABC13 report in Houston, Texas, stated a KinderCare in Friendswood, Texas, is $213 per week.

KinderCare tuition overview

The programs offered at most KinderCare locations include infant programs (6 weeks to 1 year), toddler programs (1 to 2 years), discovery preschool programs (2 to 3 years), preschool programs (3 to 4 years), pre-kindergarten programs (4 to 5 years), before- and after-school programs (5 to 12 years) and a variety of summer programs.  All of these programs, however, will vary greatly from location to location as each center will vary.

The care providers, referred to as teachers and educators, are trained by a Kindercare in-house training program before they are allowed inside of the classroom.  Depending on the size of the class, there may be more than one teacher and/or assistant.

The cost of the meals is said to be included in the tuition.  This will include breakfast, lunch and a snack, all of which are part of a healthy meal program.  According to the company, this includes a full balanced meal which consists of vegetables, fruits and whole grains.

Tips to know:

All KinderCare locations will greatly vary in terms of reviews.  It’s always best to read the current reviews online and even visit the location in person to understand how they function and what the overall atmosphere is like.  When visiting, you will be able to ask questions, talk with the teachers and will be able to explore the curriculum first hand.

How can I save money?

Discounts are often available for every additional child you place in the program at the same time.  According to parents who did this, it’s often another 10 to 15 percent off.

Other discounts may be available as well, such as discounted designed for military families.  Be sure to talk with the enrollment office to see if there are any savings available for your situation.

With so many daycare options out there, be sure to consider options.  This could include a local school district pre-K program, an in-home-based program or a personal nanny.  To compare prices, consider using Care.com to potentially find a qualified babysitter/nanny in your area who could be cheaper than a local chain.  Also, being Kindercare is a chain-based daycare center, it doesn’t hurt to compare two to four other locations.


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Average Reported Cost: $269

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How much did you spend?

Was it worth it?  

  1. Casey (Novi,  Michigan) paid $350 and said:

    Paid $350 a week for full-time care for my daughter.

    Was it worth it? Yes

  2. talia (VANCOUVER,  Washington) paid $188 and said:

    paid 188 week for a 4 year old. was it worth it……NOPE

    Was it worth it? Yes

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