Child care is essential for most working families, but paying the bill can be a real burden. According to a 2010 study by the National Association of Child Care Resource & Referral Agencies (NACCRRA), Minnesota ranked in the top five states for the least affordable care.
The Early Learning Scholarships give families financial support to help pay for high-quality early care and education to prepare their young children for school.
The scholarship amount is up to $7,500 for a 12 month period. The Early Learning Scholarship must be used at a Minnesota child care or early learning program that is a Parent Aware rated program.
If you need help finding a high quality program we can help you choose one that meet your family needs and the developmental needs of your child. And we’ll help you know what quality care looks like, how to find it, and how to partner with providers and teachers to make the most of your child’s experience during these important early years.
Click here for an application and instructions on how to apply.
Early Learning Scholarships are provided through a grant from the MDE with funds from Minnesota State Appropriation 124D.165.
The State offers direct financial help to families with lower incomes. We encourage you to call your local child care assistance office listed below if you think you may qualify. More information about the programs can be found under Help Paying for Child Care.
Child Care Assistance Program
MFIP, DWP, or Transition Year programs