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A program of Prairie Five CAC, Inc.

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Early Learning Scholarships
Early Learning Scholarships give families financial support up to $5000 to help pay for high-quality early care and education to prepare their young children for school. Scholarships may be used at any child care/early education program participating in the Parent Aware Quality Rating System.

To be eligible for a scholarship, families must meet the following criteria:
  • live in one of the eligible counties and
  • have a child who is age 3 or 4 by September 1 of the current school year and not yet eligible for kindergarten and
  • have an annual income at or below 185% of the Federal Poverty Guideline (see income chart included in the application instructions)

Families in Big Stone, Chippewa, Lac qui Parle, Swift, Yellow Medicine, Kandiyohi, Meeker, McLeod or Renville county (Regions 6E and 6W):
Contact Tina at Prairie Five Child Care Aware with questions at or (320)269-8727 / (800)292-5437

>Download the scholarship instructions here (Region 6E/6W)

>Download the scholarship application here (Region 6E/6W)

Families in Cottonwood, Jackson, Lincoln, Lyon, Murray, Nobles, Pipestone, Redwood, or Rock county (Region 8):
Contact Karen at Southwestern MN Opportunity Council Child Care Aware at or (507)376-4195 x.231 / (800)658-2444

Families in Benton, Sherburne, Stearns, or Wright county (Region 7W):
Contact Mindy at Milestones at or (320)251-5081 / (800)288-8549

If you are a child care provider interested in participating in Parent Aware in order to be eligible to accept Early Learning Scholarships, please contact Courtney at (320)345-1572 or email

CDA in Minnesota
Child Care Aware of Minnesota is proud to offer a system of support for child care professionals working toward their National Child Development Associate (CDA) Credential. Whether you are looking for online training toward your credential, help funding your credential work or the support of a CDA advisor, we are here to help!

What is a CDA? What steps are involved?
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Child Care Aware of Minnesota, West/Central
7th & Washington Ave - PO Box 159
Montevideo, MN 56265
(320)269-8727 or (800)292-5437
Fax (320)269-6570
Office Hours: Monday-Friday 8:00am-4:30pm CST