Preschool Scholarships

2024-25 Preschool Scholarships

Scholarship resources are available to families who may need assistance with tuition.

Hartley Nature Center is committed to providing access to programming for all participants by accepting CCAP and ELS funds and through our Hartley Nature Access Fund. This fund aims to reduce barriers to Hartley programming by providing scholarship support and reduced fees for field trips, outreach, preschool, and camps. Hartley Nature Center Nature Access Fund scholarship awards are determined by family need, availability of funds, and total number of scholarship requests. Scholarship funding may be ongoing support or temporary help due to a change in circumstances for a family.

How to apply for financial help for preschool:

Who should complete the scholarship application:

  • Any family who will already has CCAP and/or ELS funds that will be used for the 2024-25 preschool year
  • Any family who hopes to have CCAP and/or ELS funds for 2024-25
  • Any family who in interested in applying for a Hartley Nature Access Scholarship including families that have a 2023-24 Hartley scholarship.
    • The Nature Access Fund aims to reduce barriers to Hartley programming by providing scholarship support and reduced fees for field trips, outreach, preschool, and camps. ​

General Scholarship Details:

  • Scholarship applications are prioritized for enrollment in the appropriate wave of the enrollment lottery.
    • The scholarship application must be submitted by Jan. 31, 2024, to receive priority in the enrollment lottery.
      • Remember that the enrollment lottery application form and $25 application fee must also be submitted by Jan. 31, 2024, to be considered in the enrollment lottery.
    • Be sure to mark the appropriate box on the application form to indicate that you have applied for a scholarship
  • Use this scholarship application to apply for a Hartley scholarship and/or to indicate that your child is already receiving CCAP and/or ELS funds that you plan to use at Hartley
  • Families can apply for and begin using CCAP, ELS, or Hartley scholarships at any point in the enrollment process or during the preschool year. However, Hartley and ELS funds are limited and early application is recommended. Hartley Nature Center scholarship awards are determined by family need, availability of funds, and total number of scholarship requests.

Hartley Nature Access Fund Scholarship Details

  • A new scholarship application must be submitted for each school year to be considered for a Hartley scholarship
  • Hartley scholarships are generally 25-50% of tuition based on the family’s need
  • Hartley scholarships are initially applied to the deposit payment only
    • In order to receive the HNC scholarship rate for the September-April tuition payments, you must submit proof by August 29, 2024, that your family has applied for both the state Early Learning Scholarship (ELS) and St. Louis County Child Care Assistance (CCAP)
      • See below for CCAP and ELS contact information.
      • If your family is ineligible, is denied, or is on a waiting list for ELS or CCAP, the Hartley scholarship will remain in effect
      • If you do receive an ELS or CCAP award, it will most likely take the place of the Hartley scholarship
      • Please note that full tuition will be due monthly starting September 1, 2024 and your Hartley scholarship will no longer be in effect if you have not submitted proof of the status of your CCAP and ELS applications
      • If you are on a waiting list for ELS funds, you may receive a Hartley scholarship until you get ELS funds

We know that applying for scholarships can be complicated and time consuming. We are here to help you with every stage of the scholarship process; call 218-724-6735 or email preschool@hartleynature.org for help!

ELS and CCAP Directions:

Minnesota Pathway 1 Early Learning Scholarship

  • Hartley Nature Preschool is a Parent Aware rated preschool.
  • Families who meet eligibility requirements could receive up to $6,000 per year for tuition from the Early Learning Scholarship.
  • Questions about eligibility and help with the application: Call the Northland Foundation 218-260-2736

St. Louis County Child Care Assistance

2023-24 Scholarship Application Process

  • Mid-year applications ARE accepted!
  • Complete the scholarship application in our online payment system (where you paid the $25 application fee and the deposit).
  • A new request for a scholarship must be made for each school year to be considered for a scholarship.
  • Funds are limited. Early application is recommended.
  • Notify the preschool director by emailing preschool@hartleynature.org so we know to review your application.

Scholarship Details

  • Scholarships are generally 25% of tuition.
  • Scholarships are initially applied to the deposit payment.
  • In order to receive the HNC scholarship rate for the September-April tuition payments, you must submit proof by August 31st that your family has applied for both the state Early Learning Scholarship (ELS) and St. Louis County Child Care Assistance (CCAP). 
    • If your family is ineligible, is denied, or is on a waiting list for ELS or CCAP, the Hartley scholarship will remain in effect. 
    • If you do receive an ELS or CCAP award, it will take the place of the Hartley scholarship. 
    • Please note that full tuition will be due starting September 1, 2023 and your HNC scholarship will no longer be in effect if you have not submitted proof of the status of your CCAP and ELS applications. 
  • We know that applying for scholarships can be complicated and time consuming. We are here to help you with every stage of the scholarship process; call 218-724-6735 or email preschool@hartleynature.org for help!