Child care is an economic driver for rural communities, but many Michigan 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 Michigan.

Rural Michigan communities are invited to submit an application for the 2022 cohort.  Applications will be accepted until the deadline of October 29, 2021 at 5:00 PM EST. 

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 for a 18-month period.

Historically all RCCIP activities have been held in-person.  Due to 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 local Core Team First Children’s Finance staff dependent upon local health and safety regulations.


Informational Webinar

Click here to view a recording of our RCCIP informational webinar hosted on October 12th 


Selected Communities

Communities selected to participate will be notified by e-mail by November 12, 2021.




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

James Henderson at 248-270-0257 or JamesH@firstchildrensfinance.org.

©2020 Rural Child Care Innovation Program 

A program of First Children's Finance sponsored by Michigan Department of Education