Early Learning Scholarships

Early Learning Scholarships give families financial support up to $7,500 to help pay for high-quality early care and education to prepare their young children for school.  Scholarships may be used at any child care/early education program participating in the Parent Aware Quality Rating System.

Child Care Aware is accepting applications for Early Learning Scholarships
To be eligible for a scholarship, families must meet the following criteria:
  • live in Minnesota and
  • have a child who is age 3 or 4 by September 1 of the current school year and not yet eligible for kindergarten and
  • have an annual income at or below 185% of the Federal Poverty Guideline (see income chart included in the application instructions)

If you have questions about the Early Learning Scholarships, contact Karen DeBoer at (507)376-4195 or (800)658-2444 or email kdeboer@smoc.us

If you are a child care provider interested in participating in Parent Aware in order to be eligible to accept Early Learning Scholarships, please contact Karen DeBoer at (507)376-4195 or (800)658-2444 or email kdeboer@smoc.us