Parents & Community
Early Learning Scholarships Now Available
The Early Learning Scholarship Program is an initiative created by the governor and finalized by the 2013 Minnesota Legislature to expand access to high-quality early childhood education programs for children ages three to five with high needs. These scholarships provide financial assistance for eligible families to enroll in high quality child care and early education programs participating in Parent Aware. To be eligible for scholarships, families must meet the following criteria:
- Live in Benton, Sherburne, Stearns, or Wright County AND
| Family Size
||185% of FPG
- Have a child who is 3 or 4 years old by Sept. 1 of the current school year and not yet eligible for kindergarten AND
- Have an annual income at or below 185% of the Federal Poverty Guideline.
- A parent under the age of 21, who is pursuing a high school or general education equivalency diploma (GED), and who has a child age birth through age two.
To find out more information please contact our office at 800-288-8549 or 320-251-5081
APPLYING FOR A SCHOLARSHIP:
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Please return the application and required documentation to: Child Care Choices - 2901 Clearwater Rd - St. Cloud, MN 56301
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