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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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 2021 or 2022 cohort.  Applications will be accepted until the deadlines:

Round 1:  Application Deadline August 6th, 2021 at 5:00 PM CST. 

Round 2:  Application Deadline January 7th, 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 the information webinars to learn more about the program and the benefits to participating communities (click link to register):

Round 1:  Click here to view a recording of the Informational Webinar from July 20, 2021

Round 2: Informational Webinar November 16, 2021 at 1:30-2pm

Selected Communities

Communities selected to participate will be notified by e-mail.

Round 1:  No later than August 31, 2021

Round 2:  no later than January 24, 2022

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Questions

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

Jessica Beyer at 320-808-7066 or Jessica@firstchildrensfinance.org

Teri Steckelberg at 507-475-8460 or Teris@firstchildrensfinance.org