Northland Foundation Special Initiatives

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.

Children ages 3 to 4 years old who live in Aitkin, Carlton, Cook, Itasca, Koochiching, Lake, or St. Louis County, Minnesota, may qualify based on household income.

Children ages birth to 5 years whose parents are under the age of 21, have experienced homelessness within the past 24 months, are in foster care, or receiving child protective services also may qualify and will receive priority for funds.

The money is paid directly to the Parent Aware-rated setting of the family’s 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.

Application, Directions, and Help

If you have questions about the scholarships or the application, or to ask us to mail you the application, call the Northland Foundation at:

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

Below are links for (1) directions to help you fill out the application, and (2) the application form itself. Be sure to fill out all of the pages and sign it.

The application is a pdf form that you can fill out on the computer if you want to, or you can print it and fill it out by hand. To fill it out on a computer, you need to have Adobe Acrobat installed. Click the download icon and open the file in Adobe Acrobat. You will then be able to type in your answers. If you need to install it on your computer first, you can get Adobe Acrobat Reader for free.

Whether you fill this form out in Adobe Acrobat or print it and fill it out by hand, you need access to a printer (the application is 14 pages total). If you cannot print out a copy yourself, 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. 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

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