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 who turn 3 before September 15 and who meet eligibility guidelines. For more information, contact Laurie Nash at 319-339-6179 or email at [email protected]. Additional information can be found on our website at

For Families

Child eligibility

  • Family income at or below 200% of federal poverty level
  • Turns 3 prior to September 16 of the school-year in which funding is provided
  • Not eligible for State Child Care Assistance or Promise Jobs funding for this care
  • 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


For Providers

Early Education/Preschool Program responsibility

Each early education program will enter into a contract with Empowerment agreeing to:

  • Identify a quality rating measure, obtain the qualification, and provide that 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