An Early Learning Scholarship – Pathway 1 can help make it more affordable for your child to attend high-quality child care and early education. Early learning opportunities prepare children for kindergarten. Scholarships amounts are based on application eligibility.
The amount paid to your child care or preschool program is based on their Parent Aware rating. Parents must use their scholarship at a program with a current Parent Aware rating.
Families may apply year-round. Children that applied in the past, but were denied, must re-apply. Scholarships are awarded throughout the year. Think Small accepts applications for families living in Ramsey and Hennepin County.
For more information on how to access an application, please select the application tab.
Please contact Think Small at 651-641-6604 or email email@example.com if you have questions about filling out the application.
Funding provided by the Minnesota Department of Education using state funding to support administration of early learning scholarship, 124D.165.
Think Small awards families who live in Hennepin and Ramsey counties
To qualify, a child’s age must be 3 or 4 years old on September 1, 2021 and not yet enrolled in kindergarten.
Children not yet 3 years by 9/1/21 may be considered if at least one of the following is met:
The child is the younger sibling of a currently awarded child: and attends the same program, as long as funds are available
The child is in foster care or in need of child protective services
The family has experienced homelessness in the past 24 months
The parent is under the age of 21 and currently pursuing a high school or general education equivalency diploma (GED)
Families prove with paystubs, W2s, Taxes, child support payments, etc., an annual gross income of no more than 185% of Federal Poverty Guidelines.
**For family units of more than nine members, add $8,399 for each additional member.OR
Families prove with a dated participation document listing one of the following programs:
Free and Reduced-Price Lunch Program (FRLP)
CACFP (by income)
Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations
Foster Care (Note: applications for children in foster care must be signed and submitted by the county worker)
Hennepin and Ramsey County residents may use one of the applications below.
Please reference eligibility requirements in the Eligibility tab.
If you would like the Early Learning Scholarship application to be sent to you by mail, email or via DocuSign (online application), please click here.If you do not live in Ramsey or Hennepin County, contact your county’s Scholarship administrator.
Resources to help child care provider and families.
If you need a payment schedule, please click here.
For questions, or if you are interested in a scholarship information workshop, please contact us at 651-641-6604 or firstname.lastname@example.org
If your program is not currently participating in Parent Aware and you would like to become Parent Aware rated, please contact Parent Aware Recruiter, Tanisha Lungelow at 651-233-2297.
For scholarship information available in other languages, call 651-665-0150 or 1-866-807-6021