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Low-income parents can apply for early-learning scholarships

Up to 8,000 students, age 3 to 5, will get up to $5,000 in scholarships at participating programs.

Applications will be accepted starting Tuesday for early-education scholarships in Minnesota.

Qualified families can apply for up to $5,000 to send their children, ages 3 to 5, to participating Head Start, school-based prekindergarten and preschool programs, and child care programs.

The Legislature provided $40 million for low-income families over two years for the program.

The scholarships are available in these areas and more information is available online:

Art Rolnick, senior fellow and co-director of the Human Capital Research Collaborative at the Hubert H. Humphrey School of Public Affairs, said of the program:

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“The research is clear. The best economic investment the State of Minnesota can make is to provide its most vulnerable children with access to high-quality early childhood programs. The early childhood scholarships being made available to Minnesota’s children do just that. It is a major step forward to ending inter-generational poverty and ensuring the future success of Minnesota’s economy.”