Tuition, Scholarships & Enrollment - updated 4/15/2014

Our Center is open 7:30-6

Infant room has separate scheduled hours,Infant room families choose a schedule, either 7:30-5, 8-5:30 or 8:30-6. It is possible to have different schedules on different days, or occasionally having a longer day, when planned ahead..

 Fulltime - Full Day (7:30 - 6)
schedules for 18 months to 5 years
( part time options below)


Full day 8:30-3:30 730-830 330-6
Four $1,525 $1,175 $170 $275
30 mths $1,725 $1,330 $190 $310
18 mths $1,975 $1,520 $220 $355

Full day 9.5 hrs Up to 8 Less then 6
Baby $2,465 $2,240 $2,015 $1,725

Two days      



  Full day 8:30-3:30 730-830 330-6

Four $840 $645 $90 $150

30 mths $950 $730 $105 $170

18 mths $1,085 $835 $120 $195


    Full day 9.5 hrs Up to 8 Less then 6
  Baby $1,353 $1,230 $1,110 $950

Three Days      

  Full day 8:30-3:30 730-830 330-6

Four $1,145 $880 $125 $205

30 mths $1,295 $995 $140 $235

18 mths $1,480 $1,140 $165 $265



  Full day 9.5 hrs Up to 8 Less then 6

Baby $1,850 $1,680 $1,510 $1,295

Four Days      

  Full day 8:30-3:30 730-830 330-6

Four $1,450 $1,115 $160 $260

30 mths $1,640 $1,265 $180 $295

18 mths $1,875 $1,445 $205 $340



  Full day 9.5 hrs Up to 8 Less then 6

Baby $2,343 $2,130 $1,915 $1,640


Tuition changes at 18 months, 30 months and at 4 years of age .

To finalize your enrollment, a deposit of one month's tuition is required. The deposit will be credited to your first month's tuition and enrollment fee. Families who have siblings enrolled at the same time receive a 10% discount on the oldest child's tuition, families with more then two children enrolled receive an additional 5% discount (Youngest child full tuition, middle children 5% discount, oldest child 10% discount - while siblings are attending together). Alumni siblings receive priority on the waiting list but do not receive a sibling discount

Tuition for continuing families is set the spring of each fiscal year (July-June) and is billed monthly, due on the 25th of the month preceding care.  There is a one-time, initial Enrollment fee of $425/child (only first year), and an annual $250 Supply, Equipment & Materials fee (included in Enrollment fee your first year), which is due September 1st each year. 
Tuition Assistance
 Up to 25% of our families receive some form of tuition assistance, which can range from 5%-95% of tuition. 
St. John's Childcare no longer has a contract with the California Department of Education (CDE). 
We do have a tuition assistance program to provide spaces to families who are income eligible (generally limited to families whose combined income does not exceed $75,000 annually), and meet certain need and eligibility requirements.   There is also a limited amount of scholarship funding from the City of Berkeley for low-income Berkeley residents.   

All  families are required to make a financial contribution towards their child's tuition.
  Sliding scale below is a guideline, generally we are not able to fund very many families at these rates.  For example, for the 2013-2014 fiscal year, we distributed $51,000 in tuition assistance. 

Income guidelines/Sliding Scale based on family of four

(subject to adjustment depending on family size, schedule and age of child)

Income Range

(family income)

% of income

Average Annual Income (example)

Annual Amount Family Pays (example)

Monthly Family Copay Example






$20,000 - $35,000





$35,000 - $50,000





$50,000 - $65,000





$65,000 - $75,000





Families of currently enrolled children with incomes between $75,000 and $100,000 will be

considered in the fifth/final category (20%) if funds are still available

Our Waitlist

Like most quality Bay Area childcare programs, St. John's Childcare generally has a long waitlist.    

Please call us  at 510-549-9342 or email to schedule a tour for a current opening. Tours are generally scheduled to start between 9:30 & 11, or between 2:30 and 4:30 and usually take about 30-45 minutes to complete. If you are trying to schedule  a tour for a current opening,  it is helpful if you include in your message or email  some days and times that would work for you.

We regret that we are unable to give tours unless there is a space available, as the tour process is disruptive for the children currently enrolled, especially the babies & toddlers.

If you are interested in enrolling at a later date,   and are interested in being contacted for a tour when a space becomes available,  please email us :

Be sure to include the following:

  • your name
  • your contact number
  • your address
  • your child's birthdate
  • when you need care to begin
  • are you looking for full time or part time (how many days)

If a space that matches your needs becomes available, we will contact you to arrange a tour and answer any questions. 


Admission Priorities

Enrollment priority is given to younger siblings of children already in attendance, and siblings of alumni.  Other applicants are offered admission in the order they are received, balancing for age and sex of the child.  We project enrollment 3-6 months in advance, and offer spots with as much notice as possible. 

We will call you if we have a spot for your child. If your address, phone number, email - or baby's birthdate change -- please be sure to let us know.