Tuition & Scholarships

Tuition

IC3 charges a flat monthly rate for tuition which differs depending on the program (infant, toddler, pre-k, after school) a child is enrolled in and the number of days per week (2, 3, or 5) a child attends. Tuition is due on the first of the month or next business day for the upcoming month. If a child starts mid-month or ends mid-month, tuition is prorated. Contact us for our flat rates. For more information regarding tuition statements and payment options, click here.

Scholarships

IC3 is committed to making high-quality care accessible to all families which is why we offer scholarships awarded on a sliding fee scale based on income and employment. The family income cut off to qualify for a scholarship is $102,100 gross per year. We do not receive a lot of external funding for our scholarships so scholarships are prioritized to families in which both parents are working and need child care in order to go to work.

For an official scholarship quote you may fill out a scholarship application form any time and submit the required income verification documentation requested in the application form. For a scholarship estimate, contact us with information about your child’s birth date or due date, number of days you would like to enroll (2, 3, or 5), employment status of both parents, number of hours worked per week, student status if applicable, and household gross annual income. IC3 also accepts child care subsidy through the Department of Social Services (DSS).

What does tuition support?

At IC3 we strive to offer high quality care, to provide a safe, nurturing environment that promotes learning, to keep the teacher to child ratio low, and to employ professional staff that are knowledgeable in child development. High quality care, however, does not come without cost.

Tuition is IC3’s main source of revenue. Roughly 80% of IC3’s expenses go toward staff salaries. In order to recruit teachers with experience and child development expertise as well as maintain a low rate of staff turnover, it is necessary to offer competitive salaries and benefits to staff.

Nationally, child care is typically a very low paying field and as a result many programs face high rates of staff turnover.  At IC3 we are fortunate to have a committed staff. The average number of years a teacher has been working at IC3 is 12 years and 66% of teachers have been working at IC3 for 10 or more years! Because children learn best when they are able to bond and form close relationships with care providers, maintaining low teacher turnover is synchronous with high quality care.

The remaining 20% of IC3’s revenue helps to cover a variety of expenses associated with running a child care center such as teacher training, food, utilities, equipment, supplies, mortgage, insurance, and taxes. As a non-profit, revenue from tuition, grants, and fundraising is just enough to cover our expenses.

IC3 is not just a place for parents to send their child while they are at work, but a place of growth and learning. The first few years of a child’s life are a critical time for brain development. The quality of early childhood education during this time will lay the foundation for life long learning. Tuition is what helps IC3 continue to offer the highest standard of child inspired, professionally nurtured, care and opportunities for learning.