Early Learning Scholarships Program
Find guidance related to Early Learning Scholarships in the most recent School Closure Guidance document, available on the COVID-19 Updates webpage. Please reference the Table of Contents within the guidance document to find the Early Learning section.
Apply for a Scholarship
To apply for an early learning scholarship, contact the Area Administrator serving your county. List of Area Administrators and eligibility criteria.
Note: We do not accept applications at the Minnesota Department of Education.
What is an Early Learning Scholarship?
The Early Learning Scholarships increase access to high-quality early childhood programs for 3- and 4-year-old children with the highest needs to improve school readiness for all young children. Children birth to 2 years old are eligible if they meet one or more of the following criteria:
- Child of a teen parent.
- Currently in foster care.
- In need of child protective services.
- Experienced homelessness in the last 24 months.
Where Can my Child Use a Pathway I Scholarship?
Families interested in applying for an Early Learning Scholarship should contact the Area Administrator serving their county. Learn more about area administrators.
Where Can my Child Use a Pathway II Scholarship?
Pathway II Scholarships are awarded to families through an eligible Four-Star Parent Aware Rated program. These include Head Start, school district prekindergarten and preschool programs, and child care programs. Programs participating as a Pathway II site receive Pathway II Scholarships funds for up to 12 months.