Lakes and Prairies Community Action Partnership, Inc.
Early Learning Scholarship
Scholarships for families to help pay for early childhood programs
Early Learning Scholarships help parents access high quality early child programs for their children up to age four with high needs. Scholarships provide up to $8,500 in financial support for children to attend an early learning program. Children in a priority status may be eligible for higher scholarship awards.
There are two ways a family can access an early learning scholarship:
Pathway I - Scholarship is awarded directly to families that meet eligibility requirements. The funds are paid to the early childhood program the family chooses. The program must participate in the Parent Aware Quality Rating and Improvement System and may include Head Start, school district prekindergarten and preschool programs, and child care programs. Pathway I scholarships "follow the child" and are awarded to the family for up to 12 months. Children are eligible to renew and use their scholarship each year until age five and their first day of kindergarten eligibility.
Pathway II - Some Four-Star Aware Rated programs have funding that they can award to families attending their program. These include Head Start, school district prekindergarten and preschool programs, and child care programs. Families with a child attending or interesting in attending a Four-Star Parent Aware Rated program should inquire directly with the program on availability and application.
Additional information is available on the Minnesota Department of Education Early Learning Scholarships webpage or by calling (888) 291-9811 to be directed to the local Area Administrator of scholarships.
- Community Action Partnership
Scholarships are available to children ages three or four years old by September 1st of the school year the scholarship is used. A family's income must be equal to or less than 185 percent of the federal poverty level or be participating in any of the following programs:
- Free and reduced-price lunch
- Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP)
- Child Care Assistance (CACAP)
- Food Distribution for Tribal members
- Head Start
- Minnesota Family Investment Program (MFIP)
- Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)
- Foster Care
Children birth to two 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
Priority for scholarships will be given based on family income, child poverty, one of the special populations noted above, and geographic region.
Contact the Area Administrators serving your county
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Early Learning Scholarship application
No fee for eligible families, though scholarship may not cover the full cost of the chosen early learning program
715 11th St N, Ste 402, Moorhead, MN, 56560
Becker, Clay, Douglas, Grant, Otter Tail, Pope, Stevens, Traverse, and Wilkin counties
- Primary Contact for this program: 218-512-1592
- Main: 218-512-1500
- Toll Free: 800-452-3646
8:00am - 4:30pm, Monday - Friday
Other Services at this Location
- Community Action Agency Provides programs and services that help individuals and families with low incomes.
- Emergency Shelter Provides a temporary place to stay for people that do not have housing
- Family Homeless Prevention and Assistance Program (FHPAP) Short-term help for low-income families, youth and single adults who are homeless or are about to become homeless
- Forms Assistance Helps people complete applications or other required steps to receive benefits or services
- Head Start Services and programs that prepare low-income families with preschool children (ages 3 - 5) for their transition to public school kindergarten and to support child development, parenting skills and self-sufficiency
- Help Paying for Basic Needs Short term help for basic needs like food, shelter and transportation
- Transitional Housing Time-limited housing and support services for individuals and/or families