Historically all RCCIP activities have been held in-person.  With the pandemic we have developed systems to adapt the RCCIP process so it can be done in-person, virtually or a combination of both. Decisions will be made on a case-by-case basis by the core team lead and First Children’s Finance staff depending upon regulations and the current situation with the pandemic.


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About Us

By mobilizing and empowering rural communities the landscape of early care and education thrives in rural America.

The Rural Child Care Innovation Program (RCCIP), funded by MN Department of Human Services, is an initiative of First Children’s Finance to address the challenges of rural child care in Greater Minnesota through the lens of rural economic development.


The RCCIP uses a community engagement process designed to develop right-sized solutions to increase the supply of high quality affordable child care in Minnesota’s rural communities.


Our Impact

As of 2020, 31 communities have participated in the RCCIP process

1,001 new child care slots have been created as of June 2020

There have been 1,149 participants in Town Hall events to help develop right-sized solutions for increasing the supply of high quality, affordable child care (June 2020)


Over 83% of child care programs that participated in 2020 RCCIP's Business Leadership Cohorts improved their business practices