Child care tax credits, military support, employer benefits, and more!Child care is one of the biggest priorities—and expenses—for hardworking families like yours. You want to feel confident in the choice you make about your child’s future. At KinderCare, our programs offer the greatest value for your investment—from validated classroom quality and measurable and proven learning outcomes to nutritious meals and proven health and safety practices. We offer the best to you and your family.
You might’ve heard of current tax and government programs, employer benefits, or programs for military and federal families that can help you offset the cost of care. We’ve made it easy to learn about them all. Take a look and see what you might be eligible for, because all families deserve access to great care for their kids.
Child Care Tax Credit
A tax credit is even more valuable to families than a tax deduction! It’s a dollar-for-dollar reduction in the taxes you owe. Some credits are refundable—reducing taxes otherwise owed to zero and paying a refund.
NEW federal tax benefits:
You might have heard that part of the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 enhanced the benefits available for families with children, and for child care specifically. The details of the new benefits can be hard to understand so we’re here to break it down.
Under current federal law, eligible families can claim 2021 child care tax credits up to the following maximum amounts:
- $8,000 from the federal Child and Dependent Care Tax Credit (up to $4,000 for each of your first two children). For 2021, this is a refundable credit.
- $6,728 from the federal Earned Income Tax Credit.
- $3,600 per child for children under six years of age (as of December 31, 2021) and $3,000 for children 17 or younger (as of December 31, 2021) from the federal Child Tax Credit (these amounts have been permanently enacted into the law).
For all three of these federal tax credits, there are rules and limitations so please speak to your tax advisor about how these benefits apply to your family! In the meantime, this child care tax credits calculator is a quick tool for a broad estimate.
State tax benefits:
Your state might offer its own tax credits to offset the cost of child care. See what benefits might be available to you in your state!
Child Care Subsidy Programs
If your family needs help with tuition, we partner with state and local agencies to provide tuition subsidies where we can. Since all state laws are different, the way we do this varies by state, county, and/or community. This map is a great starting point for finding the financial assistance resources in your state.
We also have subsidy coordinators standing by who can work with your center director to discuss potential tuition solutions for your family. Give them a call at 1-888-525-2780.
Child Care for Military Families
As one way to thank you for your service, we’re proud to support U.S. Military, U.S. Coast Guard, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, U.S. National Park Services, and U.S. General Services Administration families with child care assistance.
We've partnered with Child Care Aware® of America to offer you fee assistance if you’re an eligible active-duty military family, and a solution to address your child care needs if on-base child care isn't available.
Benefits Through Your Employer
More and more employers these days are adding child care benefits to their employee compensation packages, because without reliable child care, it’s hard to do your job! KinderCare partners with all kinds of employers to offer on-site care, tuition discounts, back-up care days, and priority access to our programs.
Talk with your employer or your HR department about whether or not they offer child care benefits through KinderCare (or that can be applied at KinderCare), and how to use them.
If your workplace doesn’t already offer child care benefits, or if you’re an employer looking to offer benefits to your workforce, let’s talk!
Even More Perks
If you’re a family that works for us, joins us for the first time, or raves about us to friends and family, we’ve got perks for you!
Send a friend to one of our centers, and when they enroll full-time, you could be eligible for a tuition credit! Your center director has all the details so pop in or reach out for more information.
When families stick with us for more than one child’s care and education, that loyalty goes both ways! If you enroll more than one child with us, we’ll offer you a tuition credit. Talk with your center director about your sibling situation!
New Center Registration Refund
When enrolling in a new KinderCare Learning Center, you might be eligible for a registration fee refund. This is awarded as a tuition credit in the fifth week of your full-time enrollment! Talk with your center director for all the details.
KinderCare Employee Discounts
As a KinderCare Education employee, you may be eligible for other discounts or tuition credits. Talk with your HR manager about what’s currently available to you.
If you don’t see answers to your questions about making child care costs easier, contact Family Support at 1-888-525-2780. Our team is always here for you!