Early Childhood Scholarship Information

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    Preschool Early Learning Scholarships

    Scholarships are available for families that qualify based on state guidelines. Below you’ll find frequently asked questions about scholarships.

    How do scholarships work?

    There are two scholarships that families can apply for, one with funds coming from the state and the other state funds that are issued by our school. Here’s a quick breakdown of the two scholarships.



    Students who qualify will receive $7500 which can be used for preschool and extended care tuition.

    Students who qualify will receive tuition assistance for 2, 3 or 5 half day preschool program. School scholarships cannot be used toward extended care tuition.

    State scholarships are awarded on a first-come, first-served basis.  Apply early.

    School scholarships are available on a first-come, first-served basis.

    Who can apply for a scholarship?

    To be eligible for an Early Learning scholarship, families must live in Scott County and have a child who is three or four-years-old by September 1 of the current school year and not yet eligible for kindergarten. A family must have an annual income at or below the  income guidelines to apply for a scholarship.

    Please contact Elaine at eberens@shakopee.k12.mn.us or 952.496.5054 for specific information on how to apply for Early Learning Scholarships. 

    Families that are over the income guideline but are experiencing a family hardship can contact our offices for scholarship
    consideration. Apply early.

    2019-2020 Minnesota Early Learning Scholarships 

    Income Guidelines

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    For family units of more than nine members, add $8,177 for each additional member.

    OR currently participates in at least one of the following programs: MFIP, CCAP, Free and Reduced-Price Lunch Program (FRLP), CACFP (by income), Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations, SNAP, Head Start, or Foster Care. (Note: applications for children in foster care must be signed and submitted by the agency worker)


    Pathway I Scholarships are also available administered by Families First of Minnesota.  These scholarships can be used for our FD4 programming and YMCA extended care.  Please call 888-450-2773 for more information.