School Ready Scholarships

The School Ready Scholarship program offers assistance to parents in paying for a quality pre-kindergarten educational experience for their child. Scholarships are available for children ages 3, 4, and 5 who will be starting kindergarten during Fall 2023 or Fall 2024 and who meet eligibility guidelines.  Applications received by July 1, 2022, will receive priority.  After that date, applications will be considered on a first-received, first-considered basis.


  • Family gross income at or below 200% of federal poverty level
  • Age 3, 4 or 5 and scheduled to begin kindergarten Fall 2023 or Fall 2024
  • Not eligible for State Child Care Assistance, Promise Jobs funding, or Statewide Voluntary Preschool Program for this care
  • A Head Start slot must not be available for the child
  • Child must reside in Johnson County

Family Responsibility:

  • Families apply directly for the program
  • Families must obtain agreement from their child’s care provider to accept Empowerment reimbursement
  • Families are responsible for following their contract with the provider
  • Families are responsible for any tuition and fees above what the School Ready Scholarship provides

Provider Responsibility for Early Education/Preschool Program – Each early education program will enter into a contract with Empowerment agreeing to:

  • Identify a quality rating measure, obtain the qualification, and provide documentation to Empowerment
  • Be reimbursed at their current rate
  • Collect from the family any fees assessed directly to the family
  • Provide Empowerment with performance measure data as required by the state

For further information about this program, contact:

Empowerment Early Childhood Coordinator
(319) 356-6090

Click here to apply: 


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