Early Learning Scholarships Pathway I
These scholarships are awarded directly to families who meet eligibility requirements. Families must have a child between the ages of three to four as of September 1 of the current year, and must meet other eligibility requirements outlined in Minnesota Statutes, section 124D.165.
Pathway I scholarship funds are paid to the early childhood program that the family chooses. The program must participate in the Parent Aware Quality Rating and Improvement System and may include Head Start, school district pre-kindergarten and preschool programs, and child care programs. Pathway I scholarships “follow the child” and are awarded to the family for up to 12 months. As of July 1, 2016, the program must have and maintain a Three- or Four-Star Parent Aware Rating in order to continue to receive scholarships.
Early Learning Scholarships Pathway II
Pathway II scholarships are awarded to families through an eligible Four-Star Parent Aware Rated program. These include Head Start, school district prekindergarten and preschool programs, and child care programs. Programs participating as a Pathway II site receive Pathway II scholarships funds for up to 12 months.