The Early Learning Scholarship program accepts applications continually throughout the year.

An Early Learning Scholarship can help you pay for high-quality child care and early education programs to help your child get ready for school.

Early Learning Scholarships must be used at a Parent Aware-Rated program.  Parent Aware is a rating tool to help parents select a high-quality child care or early education program.  For more information, visit the Parent Aware website, (

Each child who has been awarded a scholarship is eligible to receive up to $7,500-10,0oo for a 12 month period, depending on priority circumstances, tuition costs, and the Parent Aware Star rating of the program.  The scholarship is also renewable until the child is Kindergarten eligible.  Scholarship funds are paid to the early childhood program that the family chooses which may include Parent Aware rated Family or Center-based Child Care Programs, Preschool Programs, School District Programs, or Head Start Programs.

For more information and eligibility criteria, please click here to visit the Early Learning Scholarship page.

Applications forms are available here.  Applications may be mailed to our office at the address below, or scanned and emailed to an administrator at: .  Applications must include income documentation or proof of participation in a public program.  Applications missing the required income verification will be returned for completion.

Families First Early Learning Scholarships

126 Woodlake Drive SE

Rochester MN 55904

Questions?  Scholarship administrators can be reached at 888-450-2773 or by email at