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Posted: 2017-10-05
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Press Release

Scholarships available to help youngest learners


 

ST. PAUL – Area families may qualify to receive a portion of the historic $20.7 million in early learning scholarship funding the Legislature provided in an education finance package enacted earlier this year.

Families with children ages 3 to 5 may be eligible to receive scholarships of up to $7,500 per child, per year, to help pay for high-quality child care and early education to help them prepare for school.

The Minnesota Department of Education indicates early learning scholarships must be used at a Parent Aware-rated program. This may apply to a licensed family child care; child care center, Head Start program, preschool, or school-based pre-kindergarten program.

“These scholarships are designed to assist people who need it most, so I encourage local families to take a look and see if they qualify,” said Rep. Matt Bliss, R-Pennington. “The early years are very important to a child’s development and these scholarships are geared toward building a good foundation for success.”

Mahube-Otwa Community Action Partnership, Inc. was chosen to administer the scholarships in a region of counties including Beltrami, Cass and Hubbard. Call (218) 632-3600 for more. The Northland Foundation is administering scholarships in Itasca County and can be reached at (320) 433-4045.

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