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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.

Families with children 3 to 5 years old who live in Aitkin, Carlton, Cook, Itasca, Koochiching, Lake, or St. Louis County, MN, may qualify.

Children ages 0-5 whose parents are under the age of 21, or children ages 0-5 experiencing homelessness, in foster care, or in need of child protective services are eligible and will receive priority for funds.

The money is paid directly to the Parent Aware-rated setting of your 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.

Call the Northland Foundation if you have any questions about the scholarships or application, or to have us mail an application to you.

218-260-2736 or 1-800-433-4045

Below are links for (1) directions to help with filling out the application, and (2) the application form itself. You must have access to a printer (the application is 10 pages total). If you cannot access the form online and print out a hard copy, please call us. We can mail you the application and instructions.

  1. Directions for the Application
  2. Early Learning Scholarship Application

You must send the completed application through the mail. Applications CANNOT be emailed or FAXed. Mail the finished application to:

Northland Foundation
202 W Superior Street, Suite 610
Duluth, MN 55802

You can also find out more at the Minnesota Department of Education website or the Parent Aware website.

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Early Childhood Screening

To find out when and where your school district offers Early Childhood Screening, click on the following link, make sure "Early Childhood Screening" is selected, click on "county" then choose the county where the child lives in the dropdown menu, and click on "Search". All school districts in that county are listed, along with a phone number to call about screening dates and locations.

Early Childhood Screening Information