Scholarship Programs

We offer a variety of scholarships designed to help child care professionals improve their skills through higher education. Our goal is to increase the availability of quality child care in local communities throughout Minnesota. A brief description of each scholarship program is provided below. Visit our Eligibility page for more information and download applications on our Applications page. T.E.A.C.H. counselors are also available to answer questions and assist you with the application process.

*NEW* Early Childhood Professional Support Scholarship
This scholarship is available to professionals working to support the early childhood field, including MNCPD Trainers. Applicants must be MNCPD approved and train within the Child Care Aware of Minnesota System. To apply, professionals must be accepted into an early childhood or child development program at an eligible college. Recipients will receive a stipend per course for up to 20 credits and a bonus for each course completed. A requirement of the scholarship is completion of at least three trainings within the first year after completing the T.E.A.C.H. contract and, in the second year, be available to provide trainings for any grantee of the Minnesota Office of Early Learning by staying current on the Trainer Registry.

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Associate Degree Scholarship
Family child care providers or center-based teachers can take credits toward an associate degree in early childhood or child development at an accredited Minnesota community or technical college. Scholarship recipients may take up to 18 credits and are eligible for book reimbursements, a travel stipend and paid time off. Upon successful completion of a scholarship year, recipients receive either a two percent raise (center only) or a $250-$300 bonus. Scholarship recipients commit to remaining in their center or family child care for an additional year.

Bachelor Degree Scholarship
Family child care providers or center-based teachers can take credits toward a bachelor degree in early childhood, child development or early childhood special education at an accredited Minnesota college or university. Scholarship recipients may take up to 18 credits and are eligible for book reimbursements, a travel stipend and paid time off. Upon successful completion of a scholarship year, recipients receive either a two percent raise (center only) or a $250-$300 bonus. Scholarship recipients commit to remaining in their center or family child care for an additional year.

3-to-8 Credit Scholarship
This flexible scholarship is designed to fill a variety of needs. Child care professionals who are interested in beginning an associate or bachelor degree program but want to build their confidence by easing into a higher education setting can use this scholarship to take a few classes. It is also intended for providers or teachers who are finishing a degree or want to take a few credits to complete their required Parent Aware training. Scholarship recipients may complete up to eight credits and are eligible for book reimbursements, a travel stipend and paid time off. Upon successful completion of a scholarship year, recipients receive either a 1.25 percent raise (center only) or a $100-$200 bonus. Scholarship recipients commit to remaining in their center or family child care for an additional six months. This scholarship can only be completed twice at the Associate level and once at the Bachelor level.

Center Director/Assistant Director Scholarship
Center directors, assistant directors, education specialists and other support staff who do not work directly with children or spend limited time with children are eligible for this scholarship. Center-based staff can work toward an associate, bachelor or graduate certificate in early childhood, child development, early childhood administration or early childhood special education. Scholarship recipients may complete 18-30 credits and are eligible for book reimbursements and a travel stipend. Upon successful completion of a scholarship year, recipients receive either a two percent raise or a $250 bonus. Scholarship recipients commit to remaining in their center for an additional year depending on the degree.

CDA Training for College Credit Scholarship
Early childhood professionals who are interested in earning their Child Development Associate (CDA) certificate can receive a scholarship to assist in earning their required training hours through a Minnesota community or technical college. Scholarship recipients may take up to 18 credits and are eligible for book reimbursements, a travel stipend and paid time off. Upon successful completion of a scholarship year, recipients receive either a two percent raise (center only) or a $250-$500 bonus. Scholarship recipients commit to remaining in their center or family child care for an additional year.

Judy Lindman Memorial Scholars Forgivable Loan Award
The Judy Lindman Memorial Scholars program helps high school seniors interested in pursuing a career as a child care or school age care professional. Through this forgivable loan program, T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood® MINNESOTA provides up to $6,000 per year for up to two years of college education. (First year awardees must re-apply for a second year of financial support.) The loan is repayable through employment at a legally regulated child care/school age care program in Minnesota.