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To advance quality care and education of children in their crucial early years.

About Think Small

Apply for an Early Learning Scholarship

Think Small is awarding Early Learning Scholarships to families who meet all three requirements regarding residence, age, and income. 

Your family must:

  • Live in Hennepin or Ramsey County
  • Have children who are 3 or 4 years old on September 1, 2017

Children not yet 3 years old on 9/1/17 are only considered for a scholarship if they:

  • have a parent under age 21 who is pursuing a GED/high school diploma OR
  • are in foster care or protective services based on verification from the involved county worker OR
  • are experiencing homelessness OR
  • are currently attending the same child care/preschool as their 3- or 4-year-old sibling
  • Have an annual gross income at or below 185%  of the Federal Poverty Guideline OR participate in one of the following programs: CCAP, MFIP, SNAP, Head Start, Free & Reduced Lunch, CACFP (by income), Foster Care


   Family Size

   Gross Income














$76, 442




            For family units of more than 9, add $7,733 for each additional member.

Hennepin and Ramsey County residents may use one of the applications below. These applications are the most current and we accept this version until the new application is posted here. 

Click below to download an application and instructions.

English application and instructions

Hmong application

Hmong application instructions

Spanish application

Spanish application instructions

Somali application

Somali application instructions



Think Small administers scholarships for Hennepin and Ramsey County residents. Please contact us at 651-641-6604 or scholarships@thinksmall.org

For scholarship information available in other languages, call 651-665-0150 or 1-866-807-6021

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If you live in Dakota, Scott, or Carver Counties,

Early Learning Scholarship applications are accepted at Families First of MN, 126 Woodlake Drive SE, Rochester, MN 55904. Call 888-450-2773 or visit www.familiesfirstmn.org


If you live in Anoka or Washington Counties,

Early Learning Scholarship applications are accepted at ACCAP (Anoka County Community Action Program), 1201 89th Avenue NE, Suite 345, Blaine, MN 55434. Call 763-783-4711 or visit http://www.accap.org/children-services/child-care-aware-of-mn-metro#earlylearningscholarships


Tips for submitting an application

  • Complete all required areas of the scholarship application. The sections marked with an asterisk (*) are required. All other information is optional.
  • INCLUDE the supporting income documents necessary to prove your family's income eligibility. The application will be denied if the necessary income documentation, as listed on page three of the application, is missing. 
  • Initial all required statements, sign, and date the scholarship application.
  • If you live in Hennepin or Ramsey County, mail or bring the completed application with your original ink and attached income documents to:

Think Small

10 Yorkton Court

St. Paul, MN 55117

  • We are unable to award any faxed, emailed, or photocopied applications showing a photocopied signature. 


Common Questions about Early Learning Scholarships

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