School Scholarships

Early Education Tuition Scholarship Programs


Positive Bright Start supports high quality child care, and recognizes that the cost of quality care is not affordable for many families.  Families with low or moderate income have several options for child care assistance.


First, call the Kansas Department of Children and Families (DCF) at (785) 832-3700 to secure an application for Child Care Subsidy or access it online.


If you are approved, DCF will determine the amount of your subsidy based upon the number of hours care is needed and your income.  The subsidy is paid directly to the child care facility. The balance is your family share.


Positive Bright Start administrates the following scholarship programs to provide assistance where DCF cannot:  

  • Positive Bright Start Early Education Tuition Scholarship funded by United Way of Douglas County, the City of Lawrence, and private donations.  This scholarship cycles from January through December of each year.  Applications are released by early October, and accepted in early November.  

Fall 2020 Update: ​

It is with great disappointment and sadness that we must inform our scholarship families that the funding for the United Way Early Education Scholarship program will change effective January 2021.  We know these funds have been an important resource for so many families in Douglas County and that this announcement has come during a time of significant national crisis and great uncertainty.  We are currently searching for other funding streams, but we cannot begin collecting applications for 2021 at this time. We are hopeful that we will be able to offer some scholarships in January.  We expect that United Way funding for this program will resume in July 2021 and will contact our past scholarship parents when we are ready to accept applications.​

  • Strengthening Families Financial Aid Applicationfunded by Douglas County Early Childhood Block Grant.  This scholarship cycles from July of one year through June of the next.  

    • 2020 Changes

      • As proof of income, please include a copy of  the most recent tax form, that is, a copy of applicant's 1040 form​. If an applicant does not file taxes or their income has dramatically changed since the filing, a letter of explanation plus two most recent, consecutive pay stubs can be substituted.  There is no work requirement for applicants, but all sources of non-employment income must be listed.

    • Who qualifies?

      • Families with a referral from a partner of the Douglas County Strengthening Families Network. (Agencies such as Centro Hispano, PBS's Family Resource Team, and other Douglas County Success by 6 partners, all listed on page 4 of the application. ) 

      • Families who receive DCF assistance can apply for this scholarship.

      • Families earning up to 240% Federal Poverty Level

      • Families with children who attend center-based and home-based child care centers that participate in our scholarship program.  

    • Objectives: 

      • To provide a short term or long-term solution to financial hardship.

      • To provide stability and social emotional support to children in families experiencing extreme hardship that may prevent them from working.

  • Positive Bright Start Preschool Family Financial Aid Application – funded by private donations.  Applicants to this fund will fill out the Positive Bright Start Early Education Tuition Scholarship application, along with a Statement of Understanding about policies and guidelines.   

    • Who qualifies?

      • Families with enrolled students at Positive Bright Start Classrooms who are ineligible for other funding, not eligible for enough funding and/or funding from other resources has been depleted

    • Objectives:

      • Partial/supplemental monthly scholarships or emergency/one time assistance for our school families.

Please visit the links to learn more about each program and how to apply for the early education tuition scholarship programs.  View a list of scholarship participating centers here.


With questions contact: Sunday Monson or call (785) 842-9679.

To Donate to the Positive Bright Start Scholarship Fund visit our PayPal.






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