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.

MN APPLICATION

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 (RCCIP) 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.

This year there will be two rounds of applications. Rural Minnesota communities are invited to submit an application for the 2022 or 2023 cohort.  Applications will be accepted until the deadlines:

Round 1: Accepting applications on an ongoing basis

Round 2 Application Deadline November 11, 2022 at 5:00 PM CST

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.

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.

Informational Webinar

Consider attending/watching the information webinars to learn more about the program and the benefits to participating communities.

Round 1:  View webinar here

Round 2: Click here to register for the Informational Webinar on October 13, 2022, from 1:30-2:00 pm

Selected Communities

Communities will be notified via email of their selection status as applications are received.

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Questions

If you have additional questions during the application process, please contact:

Teri Steckelberg at 612-279-6526 or teris@firstchildrensfinance.org

*** This application process is intended to support RURAL communities to increase and sustain the supply of child care.  This application process is NOT for individual providers. 

©2020 Rural Child Care Innovation Program 

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