Apply for an Early Learning Scholarship

Think Small is awarding Early Learning Scholarships to families who meet each of the three requirements listed below.


  • Live in Hennepin or Ramsey County


  • For children who were 3 or 4 years old on September 1, 2017 and not enrolled in kindergarten
  • OR a child who is birth to 2 years old of a parent under age 21 and seeking a GED/high school diploma
  • OR a child who is birth to 2 years old and in foster care, in need of child protective services, or has experienced homelessness in the last 24 months
  • OR a younger sibling may be considered for a scholarship if we have funds and if we confirm their attendance in the same early learning program as their awarded sibling


  • Have an annual gross income at or below 185% of the Federal Poverty Guideline OR participate in one of the following programs: CCAP, MFIP, SNAP, Head Start, Free & Reduced Lunch, CACFP (by income), Foster Care

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    For family units of more than 8 members, add $7,992 for each additional member.

    *See Family Size of 9 as an example.


Hennepin and Ramsey County residents may use one of the applications below.

Click below to download an application and instructions.

English application and instructions

Hmong application and instructions

Spanish application and instructions

Somali application and instructions
Click below to download additional forms:

Medical Condition Documentation Form



Think Small administers scholarships for Hennepin and Ramsey County residents. Please contact us at 651-641-6604 or

For scholarship information available in other languages, call 651-665-0150 or 1-866-807-6021

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If you live in Dakota, Scott, or Carver Counties,

Early Learning Scholarship applications are accepted at Families First of MN, 126 Woodlake Drive SE, Rochester, MN 55904. Call 888-450-2773 or visit

If you live in Anoka or Washington Counties,

Early Learning Scholarship applications are accepted at ACCAP (Anoka County Community Action Program), 1201 89th Avenue NE, Suite 345, Blaine, MN 55434. Call 763-783-4711 or visit the ACCAP website.


Tips for submitting an application

  • Complete all required areas of the scholarship application. The sections marked with an asterisk (*) are required. All other information is optional.
  • INCLUDE the supporting income documents necessary to prove your family’s income eligibility. The application will be denied if the necessary income documentation, as listed on page three of the application, is missing.
  • Initial all required statements, sign, and date the scholarship application.
  • If you live in Hennepin or Ramsey County, mail or bring the completed application with your original ink and attached income documents to:

Think Small
10 Yorkton Court
St. Paul, MN 55117

  • We are unable to award any faxed, emailed, or photocopied applications showing a photocopied signature.


Common Questions about Early Learning Scholarships

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Early Learning Scholarships are provided through a grant from the MDE with funds from Minnesota State Appropriation 124D.165.