Early Learning Scholarships

An Early Learning Scholarship can help you pay for high-quality child care and early education to help your child get ready for school.  Scholarships are awarded directly to families who meet eligibility requirements. Scholarship funds are paid directly to the early childhood program that the family chooses.

You may use your Early Learning Scholarship at any eligible child care or early education program in Minnesota that is participating in Parent Aware.  Parent Aware is a rating tool to help parents select high-quality child care and early education programs.  For more information, visit the Parent Aware website.


Prairie Five administers scholarships for families in Big Stone, Chippewa, Kandiyohi, Lac qui Parle, McLeod, Meeker, Renville, Swift, and Yellow Medicine Counties.


Families interested in applying for an Early Learning Scholarship can contact Tina at tina.saue@prairiefive.org or (800)292-5437.


Funding provided by the Minnesota Department of Education using state funding to support administration of early learning scholarships, 124D. 165.