Early Learning Scholarships
The Northland Foundation is helping connect families in our region with state Early Learning Scholarships up to $7,500 per child, per year (or up to $10,000 per child, per year for some children, see below).
Children ages 3 to 4 years old who live in Aitkin, Carlton, Cook, Itasca, Koochiching, Lake, or St. Louis County, Minnesota, may qualify based on household income.
Children ages birth to 5 years whose parents are under the age of 21, have experienced homelessness within the past 24 months, are in foster care, or receiving child protective services also may qualify for scholarships up to $10,000 per child, per year and will receive priority for funds.
The money is paid directly to the Parent Aware-rated setting of the family’s choice, to help families cover the cost. The setting must be part of Parent Aware. It may be a licensed family child care, child care center, Head Start program, preschool, or school-based prekindergarten program.
Application, Directions, and Help
If you have questions about the scholarships or the application, or to ask us to mail you the application, call the Northland Foundation at:
Below are links for (1) directions to help you fill out the application, and (2) the application form itself. Be sure to fill out all of the pages and sign it.
The application is a pdf form that you can fill out on the computer if you want to, or you can print it and fill it out by hand. To fill it out on a computer, you need to have Adobe Acrobat installed. Click the download icon and open the file in Adobe Acrobat. You will then be able to type in your answers. If you need to install it on your computer first, you can get Adobe Acrobat Reader for free.
Whether you fill this form out in Adobe Acrobat or print it and fill it out by hand, you need access to a printer (the application is 14 pages total). If you cannot print out a copy yourself, please call us. We can mail you the application and instructions.
You must send the completed application through the mail. Mail the finished application to:
Early Childhood Screening
To learn more about Early Childhood Screening in Minnesota, visit the Minnesota Department of Education web page: Early Childhood Screening Information.
To find a local programs that offer Early Childhood Screenings in your community, click on the following link: Find a Screening Location in Your Area. Under "Program Type" select Early Childhood Screening. For "Search in" select "county". Choose the county where the child lives or will attend school in the dropdown menu. Click "Search". All school districts in that county are listed, along with a phone number and email to find out screening dates and locations in the child's school district.