Bright Horizons Tuition Cost: Daycare, Preschool Rates & Fees Explained

Short Answer: 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 childcare 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.

Tuition Rates by Age Group

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.

Infants

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

Two-Year-Olds

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

Toddlers

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.

  • 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 childcare 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.

Additional Costs at Bright Horizons

Though tuition plans vary by school and class as discussed above, additional charges you may pay at Bright Horizons include the following.

Activities

Tuition includes supervised outdoor play and the basic, daily classroom curriculum. However, some Bright Horizons classrooms offer special activities like field trips, which the base tuition amount does not include. Fees vary significantly by event and location, ranging from as little as $4 to $20 or more per activity.

Meals

Full-time Bright Horizons tuition typically includes either family-style meals cooked by on-site chefs or two daily snacks at no additional cost. None of the locations we contacted said that they sell meal plans.

Vegetarian and allergen-free options are available, and parents will receive the menu ahead of time. However, if your local childcare center does not offer meal service or you don’t approve of the menu options, you may also provide your child’s nutrition. Bright Horizons offers meal-planning resources for parents, such as lists of suggested foods, and welcomes parent-packed lunches. Bright Horizons also requires that parents provide breast milk or formula for infants who are not yet eating solid foods.

Registration Fees

Registration fees vary by location and are non-refundable. The centers we contacted quoted charges ranging from around $75 to $150 per child. Bright Horizons requires you to register your child or children annually.

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.

2 comments

  • Dimitra Pappa says:

    Are you referring to the U.S. only? Because the fees you are mentioning in the article do not reflect the U.K. fees, which are double the ones you’ve presented in this article.

    • Lindsey Desmet says:
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      Hello, Dimitra! Yes, we are based in the U.S., and our article reflects the tuition prices for U.S. childcare centers.