From 2008 – 2010 the Saint Paul’s Frogtown neighborhood was the site of an experiment by the Minnesota Early Learning Foundation (MELF) to provide low-income families with scholarships for their children to attend high-quality early learning programs. The experiment showed that children were better prepared if they attended programs with the highest ratings according to the rating system MELF developed.
Following the success of the MELF scholarships, the State of Minnesota approved funding for early learning scholarships. Children in Saint Paul are eligible for state scholarships. Governor Dayton has proposed additional funds in his 2013 budget to increase funding for early learning scholarships, pre-kindergarten programs and all-day kindergarten programs.