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Tuition & Fees

  • CEC is open Monday through Friday from 7:30 am to 6:00 pm. We offer full-time only.

  • CEC provides diapers, wipes, and project supplies for an annual fee.

  • Two snacks per day (for toddlers through Pre-K classrooms).

Monthly Rate


0-2 program (Caterpillars & Busy Bees)

2 -3 years old Twos Program (Crickets)

3–6-year-old (Mighty Ants and Butterflies)



The tuition listed above increases annually by 2.5-5% effective January of the each year. The exact amount of increase is approved by the CEC Board of Directors, and parents will be notified at least 75 days in advance of the effective date.

  • Fees:

  • Late Pickup:   $1.00 every minute past 6:00 p.m.

  • Late payment:   $75.00 (for payments made on and after the 3rd of the month)

  • Procare Connect:   $5.00 per for each instance of a missed sign in/out

  • Waitlist:   $100.00​

Pick-up Policy:
Children must be picked up no later than 6;00 pm. Parents are asked to arrive by 5:50 PM to support your child's transition. Other family members and friends may collect your children if they are on record with the CEC as having permission to do so. Authorized adults will be asked to show their photo I.D. to a teacher when they pick up your child. Parents must inform teachers if an alternate person is picking up on any specific day. 

CEC provides a 5% discount off the lowest tuition rate for families with two or more children enrolled in program.

Parent Participation Requirement:
4 hours of Parent Participation is required from each family per month ($12.50/hour or $50/month). To make sure that your account is credited for the work you do, please document contributions on the Parent Participation form located behind your child's monthly sign-in/out sheet. Need ideas? There are sign-up lists in each classroom!

Financial Assistance:
CEC currently reserves up to 5 spaces in Berkeley for families that are able to qualify with other subsidy programs, such as Bananas, Child Care Links, 4Cs of Alameda, and others. Please attend a tour and explore whether CEC can partner with your family.

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