Bright Horizons Tuition Rates Explained

Bright Horizons’ tuition rates vary by location, your child’s age, and your child’s care schedule. On average, full-time infant care costs about $1,900 per month; full-time toddler care costs about $1,800 per month; and full-time pre-kindergarten classes cost about $1,500 per month. For more information on how much Bright Horizons costs, see below.

How Much Is Bright Horizons? Tuition Rates Explained

Bright Horizons has more than 1,000 child care centers worldwide, including schools and corporate on-site daycares. Bright Horizons offers age-specific programs for infants through pre-kindergarten, as well as after-school programs and summer camps for children up to age 12. Bright Horizons also operates Montessori-style schools for up to fifth grade.

Tuition at Bright Horizons varies based on several factors, including:

  • The individual center’s fees
  • The child’s age
  • The child’s care schedule (full-time, part-time, or drop-in)
  • The individual classroom; some classrooms feature additional programs and/or activities at a cost

Bright Horizons does not post its tuition rates on its website. Instead, the company recommends that you contact or visit your local Bright Horizons center to discuss your options.

A CBS News report in 2017 noted that tuition at some Bright Horizons locations exceeded $30,000 per year. We contacted Bright Horizons centers in and near seven major U.S. cities, including Boston, Los Angeles, New York City, and St. Louis, to find out how much you can expect to pay in tuition. While several of the locations we called were unwilling to provide tuition details over the phone, we did get some information. We also researched price reports from parents with children currently enrolled in Bright Horizons programs.

Below, we’ve listed average price ranges based on our research. Included are the approximate tuition costs for infant care, toddler care, and preschool; we were unable to gather pricing for Bright Horizons summer camps and Montessori schools. Keep in mind, every location is different, so it’s still best to contact the center you’re interested in for specific pricing and program information.


Infant care is typically available five days per week, three days per week, or two days per week. The highest tuition costs we found are in Massachusetts, with the lowest costs in North Carolina.

  • Full-time cost: $1,500 to $3,000 per month
    • Average: $1,900
  • Part-time cost: $700 to $1,500 per month
    • Average: $1,000


Care for two-year-olds at Bright Horizons tends to be somewhat less expensive than for other age groups, though some of the centers we contacted do not offer separate fees for two-year-old programs.

  • Full-time cost: $1,200 to $1,400 per month
    • Average: $1,300 per month
  • Part-time cost: $650 to $900 per month
    • Average: $750 per month


Toddler care is typically available five, three, or two days per week, with some Bright Horizons centers offering half-day care on all three schedules. The highest rates we found for this age group are in Boston and New York City. Full-time toddler tuition in both of these cities costs more than $2,000 per month.

  • Full-time cost: $1,500 to $2,800 per month
    • Average: $1,800 per month
  • Part-time cost: $750 to $1,500 per month
    • Average: $1,100 per month

Preschool and Pre-Kindergarten

Preschool and Pre-K schedules vary by center. Some centers only offer full-time programs (five days per week), but most offer half-day care and/or two- and three-day options. Note that the costs listed below do not include meal plans or registration fees.

  • Full-time cost: $1,100 to $2,000 per month
    • Average: $1,500 per month
  • Part-time cost: $600 to $1,400 per month
    • Average: $800 per month

For more information on child care costs, see our article on the average daycare costs per week by state and age group. For options other than Bright Horizons, we have information on La Petite Academy’s tuition costs and tuition at The Goddard School.

In Summary

Bright Horizons offers daycare for infants and toddlers, as well as preschool and summer camp for older children. Bright Horizons’ daycare programs costs between $1,500 and $3,000 for full-time infant care; $1,500 to $2,800 for full-time toddler care; and $1,100 to $2,000 for full-time preschool. Some locations offer special pricing for two-year-olds. Bright Horizons’ tuition is most expensive in major cities like Boston and New York City. For specific fees, it’s best to contact your local Bright Horizons center and schedule a visit.

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