Early Childhood Program's Financial Assistance Options


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    The Early Childhood Program has a variety of fee assistance options available based on the program your child is enrolled in and your family circumstances. No district family will be excluded from the Little Rangers Half Day program or Early Childhood Family Education (ECFE) classes due to the inability to pay. For more information, call Paige Brier at 651-982-8349.

    • Pathway I Scholarship

      • Pathway I Scholarships are awarded directly to families who meet eligibility requirements. 
    • Pathway II Scholarship

      • Forest Lake Early Childhood Program receives limited funding from the Minnesota Department of Education to help families cover the cost of preschool for students who are 3 or 4 years old. 
    • Childcare Assistance Program

      • All Little Ranger Preschool Full Day and Half Day class participants may use county awarded childcare assistance to help cover tuition costs.
    • School Readiness Scholarship

      • Through the School Readiness Scholarship, we can offer a limited amount of financial assistance to families. There is an application process to complete; children must meet specific criteria based on the sliding fee adopted by the Early Childhood Program. We are not able to assist all families that apply. Aid will focus on the children attending Little Rangers Half Day Preschool enrolled the year before kindergarten entry.