Bloom is very unique: we have a true passion to nurture each child and a literal mission to make it affordable. Up to half of our capacity is dedicated to children needing tuition assistance. Assistance can be provided from within Bloom (through our own Shirley Robinson Scholarship fund) or outside Bloom from sources such as County Child Care Assistance Program, State scholarships, Caring for Kids and others.
Our Shirley Robinson Scholarship Fund is named after the wife of Messiah’s pastor who originally challenged his congregation to help break the circle of poverty through the provision of high quality, affordable early learning and childcare. Shirley was dedicated to children and the community.
The scholarship fund relies on gifts from individual donors, businesses, faith communities and civic organizations, as well as fundraising events and grants. Each year we must raise over $350,000 to provide the tuition assistance these children need to attend our center.
Shirley Robinson Scholarships:
To qualify, your family must:
- either be registered in the Basic Sliding Fee (BSF)* for childcare assistance program or have a recent letter of acceptance into the program. The letter must be generated from the Minnesota county in which you reside, which places you on the waiting list for the BSF childcare assistance fund.
- remain current with BSF childcare assistance fund review process.
- report changes in household income and BSF status to the Bloom Early Learning & Child Care Directors as they occur.
- report when BSF waiting list status changes to active assistance.
PLEASE NOTE: Denial of county assistance does not mean you are ineligible for this scholarship, but you must apply. Contact us for more details.
To apply for a Bloom scholarship or get additional information on other forms of tuition assistance, please call the Bloom offices at 763-449-0600.
Bloom does not discriminate against any family due to race, gender, marital status, public assistance status or religious affiliation.