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Early Learning Scholarships

The Minnesota Department of Education (MDE) is pleased to announce that the Early Learning Scholarships Program is now available for all Minnesota families!

Early Learning Scholarships Pathway I

High-quality early learning ensures our children enter kindergarten ready to succeed in school and life. Eligibility is based on family income.

Pathway I scholarships are awarded directly to families who meet eligibility requirements. Families must have a child between the ages of three and four as of September 1 of the current school year, and must meet other eligibility requirements outlined in Minnesota Statutes, section 124D.165.

Pathway I scholarships funds are paid to the early childhood program that the family chooses. The program must be participating in the Parent Aware Quality Rating and Improvement System and may include Head Start, school district prekindergarten and preschool programs, and child care programs. Pathway I scholarships "follow the child" and are awarded to the family for up to 12 months.

In order to be eligible to receive a Pathway I Early Learning Scholarship, a child must live in one of the following counties:

Region 9 - Blue Earth, Brown, Faribault, Le Sueur, Martin, Nicollet, Sibley, Waseca and Watonwan

Region 7E - Chisago, Isanti, Kanabec, Pine and Mille Lacs

Metro West - Carver, Scott and Dakota

Region 10 - Dodge, Freeborn, Fillmore, Mower, Houston, Olmsted, Goodhue, Rice, Steele, Winona and Wabasha 

 

CLICK HERE FOR 2018 APPLICATION  

Sara Stebbins
Coordinator - Early Learning Scholarship Program
Families First of Minnesota
126 Woodlake Drive SE
Rochester, MN  55904
888-450-2773
sarast@familiesfirstmn.org

Gege Abraham  
Early Learning Scholarship Administrator 
Families First of Minnesota
101 N 2nd Street - Suite 105
Mankato, MN 56001
855-588-2056 
gegea@familiesfirstmn.org

Julie Maxwell
Early Learning Scholarship Administrator
Families First of Minnesota
126 Woodlake Drive SE
Rochester, MN  55904
888-450-2773
juliem@familiesfirstmn.org

Marlene Jehnke
Early Learning Scholarship Administrator
Families First of Minnesota
126 Woodlake Drive SE
Rochester, MN  55904
888-450-2773
marlenej@familiesfirstmn.org

Martha Stevens
Early Learning Scholarship Administrator
Families First of Minnesota
126 Woodlake Drive SE
Rochester, MN  55904
888-450-2773
marthas@familiesfirstmn.org

 

For families living in other counties in Minnesota, call 1-888-291-9811.

 

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