Pathway II Program Resources for Awardees

This page has been created specifically for programs receiving Pathway II funding to support implementation.

Start with the Introduction to Pathway II Scholarships for School Districts, Charters and Head Starts webinars to gain an understanding of how the program works. Part I discusses the purpose of scholarships, eligibility requirements and the application for families to complete. Part II discusses implementation requirements for programs and funding requirements. Part III provides a very high-level overview of the Early Learning Scholarship Administration System (ELSA). The webinars should be supplemented with information in the State Early Learning Scholarships Manual and Early Learning Guide to Scholarships. Part IV discusses appropriate management of funding and documentation, including the Minnesota Department of Education's monitoring process for awarded programs. 

Parent Aware Ratings for Public School Districts
This webinar provides an overview for public school districts on applying to Parent Aware, Minnesota's quality rating and improvement system. It provides support explaining each requirement to receive and maintain your Four-Star Rating. For more information on applying to Parent Aware, review the Accelerated Pathway to Rating information on the Parent Aware website.

The Minnesota Department of Education hosts virtual monthly office hours for questions regarding Parent Aware. The open call line is hosted the first Thursday of each month from noon to 1 p.m. Call-in information is sent to programs with Parent Aware expiration dates in the next six months. For more information or to join, please contact Parent Aware. (

Applications are collected by programs from parents and/or guardians applying for a Pathway II Scholarship on behalf of their child. Programs are responsible for verifying the eligibility of each awarded child, and sending the family an award letter. All documents must be maintained for seven years. 
Early learning scholarships are managed using the Early Learning Scholarships Administrative System (ELSA), which is available to authorized scholarship administrators and school district State Student Identification Number (SSID) maintainers. School districts and Head Start programs are responsible for using ELSA to enter application information, manage student awards, and request payment. The statewide administrator accesses ELSA on behalf of child care programs. Learn more on the ELSA webpage.

The Statewide Administrators
 helps implement early learning scholarships for Pathway II funded child care programs. Child care programs send copies of applications to the statewide administrator after verifying the eligibility of awarded children. The statewide administrator enters that information into ELSA. For child care, invoices are submitted to the statewide administrator for payment. The statewide administrator provides all child care programs with application forms, the invoice template, and guidance on payment processes.  The statewide administrator will provide regular financial updates to child care program receiving Pathway II funds.  Learn more about area administrators.

The Early Learning Scholarships Pathway II application for FY18 and FY19 have been completed. The next application period will open in spring of 2019 for FY 2020.



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Resources For Pathway II Early Learning Scholarship Programs

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