Early Learning Scholarships

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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.

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, meet income guidelines and 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, preschool programs, and family or center based 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 via Families First of Minnesota, 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

2019 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

Heidi Brown

Early Learning Scholarship Enrollment Specialist

Families First of Minnesota
126 Woodlake Drive SE
Rochester, MN 55904

888-450-2773
heidib@familiesfirstmn.org

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