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.  Applications for funds for the January through December 2020 cycle are available on September 23rd, and will be accepted beginning November 4th.

    • 2020 Changes​

      • NO MORE FIRST COME, FIRST SERVE LINES

        • Complete applications received between September 25 and November 4, 2019 will be processed and prioritized for first consideration in order of income and potential family risk factors

        • Applications received after November 4, 2019 will be processed in order of receipt

        • Applications can be emailed to sunday@positivebrightstart.org or mailed or delivered to our agency office at 1900 Delaware

      • Applicant households who receive DCF child care assistance funds now qualify

      • There is no longer a work or school requirement for caregivers

      • Proof of income will be the applicant's household's most recent income tax return (Please read carefully the section under Employment Income.)

      •  A Potential Family Risk Factor Assessment is now part of the application but is not mandatory.  We recognize that such an assessment may be upsetting for individuals and ask only that you complete it per your comfort level.

    • Who Qualifies?

      •  Applicant household must reside in Douglas County

      •  Total household income cannot exceed 240% Federal Poverty Level

      •  Household must enroll child in a participating scholarship site

  • 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.  

    • 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 assitance 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 sunday@positivebrightstart.org or call (785) 842-9679.

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

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