The days of a single working parent are over. In fact, statistics show that more households have two working parents than they did just a few years ago. With both parents at work, what about the children? Daycare services are certainly there to meet the demand, but when it comes to paying for daycare, parents only want the best. One option for daycare and childcare is KinderCare, but KinderCare offers more than just daycare — they offer life-long experiences. If you are looking into KinderCare, you probably have questions and of course, the biggest question on your mind is probably how much it will cost.
Before you can start comparing the costs, you need to get a full picture of what KinderCare is and how it compares to other daycare services. After all, you really do get what you pay for.
What is KinderCare?
KinderCare is a childcare program offered through the corporate KinderCare company. There are separate KinderCare locations located throughout the United States — with some cities having more than one to accommodate demand. While KinderCare centers predominantly offer childcare, they also offer lifetime learning opportunities and preschool programs that boast about their kindergarten readiness capabilities. From daylong programs to half-day programs, there is a class for every child.
Who Will Be Watching Your Child?
Care providers are referred to as teachers and educators. They are passionate about child learning and they want to promote safe growth for children in a nurturing environment. Whether they are infants or toddlers preparing for school, the educators are there to inspire and encourage your child to grow.
Educators at KinderCare must have completed the in-house training program before they are allowed to run a classroom. Depending on the size, there may be more than one teacher or multiple assistants helping teachers to ensure each child is cared for adequately. Twice a year, regardless of how long teachers have been employed by KinderCare, they must go through a training program to hone their skills and learn the latest techniques.
Programs Offered by KinderCare
KinderCare offers programs in three categories. They include:
- Ages 2 and Under – These classes help nurture children to be smart, healthy and happy. From their infant-only classrooms to toddler class and Discovery Preschool program, children are encouraged to grow in this education-oriented environment.
- Ages 3 to 5 – These classrooms are specifically designed for preschool age children. They are exposed to what they will learn in kindergarten and the goal is to prepare them for kindergarten based on the county requirements. Programs within this age category include the Summer Camp, School Break Solution, Kindergarten, Prekindergarten, and Preschool.
- Age 5 to 12 – This classroom challenges school-age children so that they can excel in their classrooms. These programs include School-Age, Enrichment Programs, School Break Solutions, and Summer Camp.
What are the Costs for KinderCare?
The costs for KinderCare depend on what program your child is enrolled in as well as the cost for the area. The city in which you live will determine the cost as well as the demand on the center, how many days per week your child will attend, and how old your child is. The more your child attends, the cheaper per day discount you will receive. Prices for KinderCare are not published online, because of these special factors. But you can get an accurate price quote by calling a KinderCare representative. You will need to know your child’s age, how many days per week (and full or part-time during those days) he or she will attend to get an accurate estimate.
On average, parents can expect to pay about $200 to $400 per week for one child on a full-time basis. Parents of infants may be charged an additional fee because of the difficulty of caring for an infant. Most KinderCare locations offer discounts for second children attending as well, but that usually only ranges from five to 10 percent.
Some locations participate in discounts for military families as well, but you will have to verify with your local KinderCare about their specific discounts.
Is KinderCare Worth the Price? – Weighting the Pros and Cons
While the price of KinderCare is notoriously higher than other daycare options, that price does come with advantages other daycare facilities cannot provide. Therefore, it is best to consider the pros and cons when you’re considering whether the price is worth it.
- Pro: Small Classrooms
Unlike in-home daycare or other daycare facilities, KinderCare does not overload their classrooms. They keep classroom-to-teacher ratios fair so that teachers are not overwhelmed and children get the attention they need in order to thrive.
- Pro: Breakfast, Snack, and Lunch is Provided
The cost of meals is automatically rolled into tuition. So you won’t have to pay extra for any meals while your child is there. In addition to including the cost of meals, KinderCare participates in a healthy meal program. All meals are balanced and full of vegetables, fruits and whole grains. They provide parents with a monthly menu and can make exceptions for children with allergies as well as diabetes.
- Pro: Superior Education
Compared to daycare, KinderCare offers superior education and has a proven record of accomplishment for preparing kids for preschool, kindergarten and older level classes. Children are more confident when they leave KinderCare programs and perform better in school.
- Pro: Qualifies for Child Care Tax Credit
KinderCare does qualify for the childcare tax credit. At the end of the year, your facility should provide you with proof of payment for the tax year. If not, you can request it.
- Con: High Cost
KinderCare does have a higher cost than other daycare programs. For some parents, the cost of KinderCare is too much, especially if more than one child needs to attend the program.
- Con: Contract Periods and Enrollment Fees
KinderCare does charge an annual fee, which can range from $50 to $400. Parents should review their contracts to make sure they know how much they will be charged each year. Also, KinderCare does have a contract period and you must provide them with a specific amount of notice before cancelling or you will be liable for daycare costs even if your child is no longer attending.
Comparing the Costs
If you are a working parent, KinderCare has a national reputation for excellence. You do not have to worry about the conditions of the facility or the daycare providers, because they are screened extensively before they are hired. Also, KinderCare offers more educational and social opportunities for your child, which prepares him or her for school.
If you are comparing the costs, look at other local child care facilities and see what they offer for their price. Make sure they are comparable to KinderCare when it comes to:
- Education preparation
- Teacher-to-child ratios
- After school care
- Social and growth skills
Most parents that use KinderCare leave satisfied. But, only you can decide if KinderCare is right for you. While it is a nationally recognized program, it may not be financially feasible for your child to attend the program.
Below is a video clip from the training video KinderCare uses to help aid its employees in training.
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