Early Learning Scholarship Program

Early Learning Scholarships provide families with financial support to help pay for high-quality child care and early education to assist in preparing their children for school.   The scholarship amount is up to $7,500 for a twelve month period, depending on the Parent Aware Star Rating of the program that the parent chooses.  To be eligible for scholarships, families must meet the following criteria:

  • Live in Benton, Sherburne, Stearns, or Wright County AND

 Family Size

185% of FPG 


$30, 044







6 $60,976
  • Have a child who is 3 or 4 years old by September 1, 2016 and is not yet eligible for kindergarten OR 
  • Are a parent under the age of 21, who is pursuing a high school or general education equivalency diploma (GED), and who has a child age birth through five.  You must provide written proof that you are pursuing a high school diploma or GED, along with supporting income documentation.  Written proof means a copy of an official letter from the organization (on their letterhead) you are currently attending. 
  • Have an annual income at or below 185% of the Federal Poverty Guideline.  
  • A younger sibling may be eligible for a scholarship if they attend the same program as their three or four-year old sibling that has a scholarship.  ("Sibling" is defined as a child who shares one or both parents through blood, marriage, or adoption, including
    siblings as defined by the child's tribal code or custom.) 

Helpful Hints in Completing the Application

-- Complete all required areas of the scholarship application.  Required areas are marked *.

-- Initial, sign, and date the application.

-- Include income documentation to confirm your income eligibility.  

-- Applications MUST be mailed or brought to Milestones' office.  We are unable to accept emailed or faxed applications.
    Mail to: Milestones, PO Box 548, Waite Park, MN 56387 or hand deliver to 314 - 10th Avenue South, Suite 180, Waite Park, MN. 

-- Applications must include original signatures.  We cannot accept photocopied applications.

-- After Milestones recieves your ELS Application you will be placed onto the waiting list until funding becomes available. If your family does not meet the        guildelines or is missing documentation we will notify you as soon as possible.

-- Your family will recieve a written letter in the mail if and when your child has been awarded a scholarship. 



Early Learning Scholarship Application     Spanish     Somali

Early Learning Scholarship Supplemental Packet     Spanish     Somali


Please return the application and required documentation to:  Milestones, P.O. Box 548, Waite Park MN 56387.

 If you have questions, please contact Mindy at 800-288-8549 or 320-251-5081, extension 225.



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