Early Education Tuition Scholarship Program


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 (DCF application is recommended because they often can offer more funding than we can, but it is NOT required.)


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.


Often, families do not qualify for DCF assistance based on their work, family, or residential  status.  Sometimes, families simply cannot afford DCF's family share, or for whatever reason, still require childcare tuition support.   Positive Bright Start administrates a scholarship program to provide assistance  where DCF cannot. 

The Positive Bright Start Early Education Tuition Scholarship is funded by United Way of Douglas County, the City of Lawrence, the Douglas County Early Childhood Block Grant,  and private donations.  This scholarship cycles from July  of each year through June of the following year. 

May 2021 Update: ​

This single scholarship now combines the United Way funded scholarship with the Strengthening Families Financial Aid scholarship, plus the agency scholarship for our own preschool families.  Though we will still offer some assistance exclusive to our Positive Bright Start Preschool attendees, there is only one  application for the pool of funds. 

Applications for the 2021-2022 cycle will begin to be accepted on May 10th, 2021. 

Funds will be awarded according to highest need.

  • 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.  If you have questions about what form of supporting documents your application will require, please contact Scholarship Administrator

  • Our scholarship is accepted by a limited number of care centers in the Lawrence area.  You can view the list of participating centers here.

  • Like DCF funds, our scholarships are paid directly to the care provider.  

  • Who qualifies?

    • Families earning up to 240% Federal Poverty Level

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

    • Families with enrolled students at Positive Bright Start Classrooms.

    • 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. )

  • 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.

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


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

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