Resources for Funded Programs

This page includes important resources for school districts and charter schools receiving voluntary prekindergarten funding to support your implementation of high-quality early learning program standards.

Start with the voluntary prekindergarten and school readiness plus webinars to gain an understanding of how the program works. Part I discusses the program requirements. Part II discusses the funding overview and program design for funded programs. Refer to the Voluntary Pre-K and School Readiness Plus Implementation Guidance 2017-18 (available in the Guidance and Resource Documents section, below) for additional questions regarding voluntary prekindergarten.

For assistance with questions on voluntary prekindergarten, please contact:

Application Process for Fiscal Year 2020 Funding
The application period for fiscal year 2020 (school year 2019-20) voluntary prekindergarten funding will be conducted in January 2019 and will be open to all school districts and charter schools. Sites that received first-time funding in fiscal year (FY) 2018 will be funded through FY 2019, but pending legislative changes, not beyond. Sites funded first in FY 2017 will receive continued funding for the number of students approved in FY 2017. Minnesota law requires that all applications are received at the Minnesota Department of Education by January 30, 2019. All districts and charter schools, regardless of previous funding status, must apply to be considered for funding in the 2019-20 school year.

Finance and Funding

Guidance and Resource Documents