Everything you need to know to enroll with confidence.
If you’re curious about the enrollment process, you’re in the right place! We’ve gathered all the resources you need to help you make a confident decision to join the KinderCare family.
We’re real people in your community who care about offering safe, high-quality care and education for your child. And if you ever need more information, or want to talk with someone in person, we’re just a phone call away at 800-709-8774.
Make the best choice for your family.
Know what to look for in a child care center.
While we (obviously) think you should look no further for the best child care in the nation, we understand that every family’s needs are unique. Whether you choose us or not, we’re here to help you select the right center for your family.
Feel good about choosing a caregiver when it can’t be you.
Making the decision to find a child care provider can stir up many questions and emotions. We’ll help you make a list of things you might ask yourself or your care provider as you explore your options.
Make a sound schooling decision during uncertain times.
Take a tour.
Our centers are pretty special—come see for yourself! In-person tours are a little tricky these days, but we can make it work with a little flexibility and a lot of respect.
Take a virtual tour or ask if your center director can arrange a tour of the center you’re interested in, so you can see our spaces with your own eyes.
If we don’t have a virtual tour available, you might be able to arrange a COVID-compliant after-hours or weekend visit (at your center director’s discretion).
Enrolling is as easy as 1-2-3!
There are over 1,500 KinderCare Learning Centers nationwide, and each one is run by the real experts: center directors! They run the show at each location and can give you the inside scoop on our programs, tuition, and enrollment options.
Here’s how to start the enrollment process:
Find your center.
Visit our location finder and enter your zip code to see which locations are nearest you. No matter which location you choose, our professional staff and robust curriculum provide your child with a learning foundation they’ll build on long after they’ve outgrown us.
Contact the center director.
Reach out directly to the center director at your chosen location. You’ll find their contact information on the center location page. They'd love to hear from you. Your first conversation is just the beginning of a relationship that’ll grow for years to come.
What does child care with us cost?
Costs can be one of the biggest factors when picking the very best child care option for your family. Learn all about how we determine what it will cost your family based on your unique needs.
Your tuition rate will depend on your location, the age of your child(ren), and how many days per week you need care. Either your center director or our family support specialists are happy to talk through these details to get you accurate rate information.
Attention working parents, military families, and federal families! You might be eligible for tuition or fee assistance. Talk with your employer about the child care benefits they might offer with us, or learn more about what we offer especially for active military and federal workers.
Have a great first day!
Once you’re enrolled with us, we’ll help you get prepared for a fabulous first day. Your center director will share a complete list of what to expect, who you’ll meet, and what to bring. You can put your confidence in us to make the transition a piece of cake for everyone.
Some things your center director will remind you to bring each day include:
- Comfortable and weather-appropriate clothing and shoes.
- A change of clothes.
- Milk and/or water bottle
- Comfort items like a blanket, stuffed animal, or pacifier
- Any medications
Snacks and lunch are on us! We’ll share our seasonal, low-sugar menu when you enroll. If your child has special dietary restrictions or allergies, let's talk.
We keep you connected all day through the KinderCare App so drop-off is less “bitter” and more “sweet!” When you enroll with us, the app gives you access to daily pictures of special moments in the classroom and updates on what your child is learning about. You can also use the mobile app to message your center from home, at work, or on the go. Ask your center director to help you get set up!
Explore our classrooms.
Every day is a little different at KinderCare, and each age group marches to their own beat! Explore an overview of our programs, including classes for babies through pre-K and distance learning support for big kids in K-6th grade.