What is an Early Learning Scholarship?

An Early Learning Scholarship – Pathway I can help your child attend high-quality child care and early education to ensure your child enters kindergarten ready to succeed. The scholarship money will be paid directly to the program of your choice that is participating in Parent Aware. Parent Aware is a rating tool to help parents select high-quality early childhood programs. For more information, visit the Parent Aware website (ParentAware.org).

Note: Children may only receive one scholarship between July 1 and June 30 each year, and cannot receive a Pathway I and Pathway II scholarship at the same time.

Families First of Minnesota Early Learning Scholarships serve the following counties: Blue Earth, Brown, Carver, Chisago, Dakota, Dodge, Faribault, Fillmore, Freeborn, Goodhue, Houston, Isanti, Kanabec, Le Sueur, Martin, Mille Lacs, Mower, Nicollet, Olmsted, Pine, Rice, Scott, Sibley, Steele, Wabasha, Waseca, Watonwan, and Winona.

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

For additional financial resources, please visit these great sources:

Bridge to Benefits

United Way

  • phone: 800-543-7709

Funding provided by the Minnesota Department of Education using state funding to support administration of Early Learning Scholarships.

Minnesota Statutes, section 124D.165.

For assistance in Hmong / Somali / Spanish, please call the numbers below.

Yog xav tau kev pab txhais lus Hmoob, thov hu rau 651-366-6792. 

Si lagugu caawiyo Af Soomaali, fadlan wac 651-641-6673. 

Para asistencia en español/hmong/somalí por favor llame 651-641-6660.