Child care is an economic driver for rural communities across the United States but many communities are facing shortages of high quality child care. First Children’s Finance’s Rural Child Care Innovation Program is a community engagement process designed to address the challenges of child care in rural America.


The Rural Child Care Innovation Program is based on the fundamental idea that rural communities are greater than their size in numbers and greater than their current challenges. By mobilizing and empowering rural communities, the landscape of early care and education is changing in rural America.


Rural communities are invited to submit an application for the summer 2019 round. Applications will be accepted until August 21, 2019 by 5pm. While many communities have child care shortages, only some are ready to roll up their sleeves and embark on the journey to address this critical community issue. Through this competitive process, First Children’s Finance will select communities who demonstrate commitment to the community engagement process over an 18-24 month period.

All applications are due by 5:00PM on August 21, 2019.

Communities selected to participate will be notified by September 13, 2019.



If you have additional questions during the application process, please e-mail 

©2020 Rural Child Care Innovation Program 

A program of First Children's Finance sponsored by Minnesota Department of Human Services