Tuition, Scholarships & Enrollment - updated 5/25/2017
Our Center is open 7:30-6 , more specific schedules are available.

Tuition changes at 18 months and 33 months of age .

Our "Core Day is from 8:30 to 4,  families may add additional hours as detailed below - or you may choose the simplicity of a full day schedule, where you are able to adjust your daily schedule as you wish, within our operating hours of 7:30-6

 Fulltime - 5 days/week

Core Day 8:30-4

Up to 8.5 hrs

Up to 9.5 hrs

Full day

Up to 10.5 hrs

 34mths - 5yrs





 18 - 33 mths





 Baby 3 – 17 mths





Part-Time - Two days/week

Core Day 8:30-4

Up to 8.5 hrs

Up to 9.5 hrs

Full day

Up to 10.5 hrs

 34mths - 5 yrs





 18 - 33 mths





 Baby 3 – 17 mths





Part-Time - Three days/week
Three day schedules must include a Monday or a Friday

Core Day 8:30-4

Up to 8.5 hrs

Up to 9.5 hrs

Full day

Up to 10.5 hrs

 34 mths - 5 yrs





 18 - 33 mths





 Baby 3 – 17 mths





Part-Time - Four days/week
4 day schedules must include Friday

Core Day 8:30-4

Up to 8.5 hrs

Up to 9.5 hrs

Full day

Up to 10.5 hrs

 34 mths - 5 yrs





 18 - 33 mths





 Baby 3 – 17 mths





Drop In's
Additional drop in days are available only for current part-time families who need occasional care on additional days, and is charged at a daily rate, based on availability. Drop in care may also be available to alumni siblings of currently enrolled children, and to our graduated kinder kids, on school breaks/holidays during their kinder year. Unfortunately we are not able to offer drop in care to the general public, nor any longer to families who have left our program (except for siblings & alumni kinder kids)

Drop In Rates - up to 9.5 hrs:
Kinder Kids (visiting alumni)          $75/day
Preschoolers                                  $85/day
Toddlers 18 - 30 mths                   $95/day  
Babies 3-17 months                       $110/day
To finalize your enrollment, a deposit of $2,000 for fulltime or $1,250 for part-time is required. The deposit will be applied to your last 60 days of tuition (after you have given notice). 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).

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, 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. 
Tuition assistance for 2016-17 has all been allocated EXCEPT for emergency situations -- or families who have infants and need less then $200/month of scholarship support.

St. John's Childcare no longer has a tuition assistance contract with the California Department of Education (CDE). We have NO fully funded spaces.
We are NOT able to accept vouchers from Bananas or other CDE funding sources.

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 2015-2016 fiscal year, we distributed $35,000 in tuition assistance, to twelve families, ranging from 5-75% support. 

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 & which days you would prefer, if possible)

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 families who attend St. John's Presbyterian Church.  Other applicants are offered admission in the order they are received, balancing for age and sex of the child.  We project enrollment 4-9 months in advance, and offer spaces with as much notice as possible. 

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