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About Us

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

Funded by the MN Department of Human Services and Michigan Department of Education, the Rural Child Care Innovation Program (RCCIP) is an initiative of First Children’s Finance to address the challenges of rural child care in Greater Minnesota and Rural Michigan 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 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

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