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Assistance is available to help families pay for preschool & childcare.

If your family qualifies for Free or Reduced lunch, please apply for all options depending on your child's enrollment. 

Please confirm your income for the Preschool sliding fee scale and apply for scholarships when you register. Tuition and scholarship funding directly supports programming. Funding is limited and awards are competitive.

Sliding Fee Scale 

Preschool is funded with tuition. If paying the full amount is a hardship for your family, your household gross income may qualify for  reduced tuition. 

To determine your tuition on the sliding fee scale, please provide Community Education with a copy of your taxes, W2 or last two pay stubs. 

In addition to the sliding fee scale, families with incomes under the Free & Reduced Lunch guidelines may be eligible for Pathway 1 or 2 Early Learning Scholarships. 

If you qualify, please apply for both Pathway 1 & 2 scholarships.

Free & Reduced Lunch eligibility guidelines

Pathway 1 Early Learning Scholarships 

Pathway 1 funds may be used at Little Agates Preschool, Little Mariners Preschool & Little Mariners Childcare Center.  Pathway 1 scholarships typically cover 100% of Little Agates & Little Mariners Preschool tuition. 

The Northland Foundation is helping connect families in our region with state Pathway 1 Early Learning Scholarships up to $8,500 per child, per year. Children ages 3 to 4 years old may qualify based on household income. 

Scholarships are paid directly to the Parent Aware-rated setting of the family’s choice. 

Mail Pathway 1 application and documentation to 

Northland Foundation
202 West Superior St, Suite 800
Duluth, MN 55802

Children ages birth to 5 years whose parents are under the age of 21, have experienced homelessness within the past 24 months, are in foster care, or receiving child protective services also may qualify for scholarships up to $10,000 per child, per year and will receive priority for funds.

Pathway 2 Early Learning Scholarships

Pathway 2 Early Learning Scholarships are available for children attending Little Mariners and Little Agates Preschools. Pathway 2 scholarships cover the entire cost of tuition. Scholarship funds are limited, so please apply when you register. 

Pathway 2 Scholarships cover 100% of Little Agates & Little Mariners Preschool tuition. 

Mail Pathway 2 applications and documentation to 

Kim Lenski
137 Banks Blvd.
Silver Bay, MN 55614

218-226-4437 extension 8158

Child Care Assistance Program

CCAP funds may be used to help pay Little Mariners Childcare Center or Kids & Co tuition.


Funds may be available to families who are employed, seeking employment, or are in school or training. Apply for CCAP benefits by calling the office, picking up an application or online.

Two Harbors office                

616 3rd Ave                             
Two Harbors, MN 55616         


Silver Bay Service Center   

99 Edison Blvd.     
Silver Bay, MN 55614


                      Lake County Human Services