Rates & Fees

Starting in 2018 Helping Hands Childcare participates in the Rising Stars program through the Ventura County Office of Education.  The Rising Stars program is a Quality Rating and Improvement System (QRIS) program which provides me with training and support so that I can give a higher quality child care experience.  I am also a long-time participant of the Program for Infant/Toddler Care (PITC) which also provides me with training to provide better quality care for infants and toddlers.

I regularly spend many hours on training, planning and organizing to create an environment that's conducive to group learning.  Much of my income is spent on utilities, food, toys, equipment, supplies, and licensing related fees resulting from running a family child care home.  My rates reflect the value of my services and are not negotiable.  If you feel  that your family could benefit from assistance with paying for child care please look into programs like Child Development Resources and Children's Home Society of California.  

Tuition is billed a flat weekly rate on Wednesdays, due Fridays before 5:00 p.m. and cover the following week of services.  

Full and part-time rates are based on enrollment, not on attendance.  Credit for child absences for any reason are not given.   

2019 RATES


Part-Time: 3 Days

Part-Time: 2 Days

Drop-In Daily

Drop-In Hourly


Early/Late Hours

Weekend Care


Sibling Discounts:  I offer a 10% discount on the total tuition if two or more children are enrolled.

Absences: Clients pay for ANY day(s) their child misses child care for any reason.

Daycare Closings: Except for Holidays, any days that the daycare closes (such as a child care provider illness, vacation, personal day, training days etc.) will be discounted from your next weeks' tuition.  

All Full/Part-time clients are required to pay for holiday days when the daycare is closed if it falls on one of their contracted schedule days.   Families may not switch days to prevent from being charged.  

Other Fees

  • 2-Week Security Fee:  Full/Part-time clients only, equivalent to 2 weeks of care.
  • Early Drop Off Fee:  $1 per minute.
  • Late Pick-Up Fee:   $20 for first 15 minutes, $1 per minute thereafter.
  • Returned Check Fee:  $35 + any additional fees incurred. 
  • Late Payment Fee:  $20 if paid after 5:00 p.m. Friday, $10 per calendar day thereafter.

Contracted Schedules

All full and part-time clients are required to adhere to their contracted schedules.  Late arrivals don't allow for late-pickups, meaning if you arrive late to drop-your child off your child must still be picked up at their normal scheduled time.  There are no discounts given for absences.  Any drop-offs before or pick-ups after your scheduled contracted times will be billed accordingly.  For example, if your contracted pick-up time is 4:00 p.m. and your child is not picked up and out of the daycare until 4:15 p.m.you will be considered late and billed accordingly.

Teachers Looking for Child Care...

Over the course of my business I have had many inquiries from parents that are teachers. I find that most do not want child care during school breaks or during the summer. I have a limited amount of openings and it is my goal to operate at maximum capacity at all times.  I would lose income during school breaks and because of this I do not offer a discount to clients that are teachers during the times that they are off of work for school breaks and summer.  

My rates are paid weekly regardless of attendance.   I understand that the way I structure my rates may not be ideal for teachers and if this is the case I recommend that you continue to research other options through other child care providers.

State Funded Clients

I gladly accept clients that have child care tuition payment assistance (subsidy) such as payments from Child Development Resources (CDR) and Children's Home Society of California (CHS).  

Please be aware that subsidy programs may require a client to pay a co-payment to the child care provider.  They also sometimes don't cover all of my tuition fees. 

Subsidy programs only cover a certain number of absences and do not cover my 2-week security fee or penalty fees (late pick-up, late payment and returned payment fees).   All fees that are not covered by the state agency must be paid by the client.

*Rates are subject to change without notice.  Please contact us to verify the current rates and fees.  Rates last updated December 2018.