Now Accepting Applications for Rural Child Care Innovation Program

Rural communities in Minnesota and North Dakota are invited to apply to participate in the Rural Child Care Innovation Program for 2017. 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 an innovative 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. Where some might see desolate swaths of land and dwindling populations, the Rural Child Care Innovation Program sees opportunity for innovation and renewal. By mobilizing and empowering rural communities, the landscape of early care and education is changing in rural America.

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 selects communities who demonstrate commitment to the community engagement process over the next 18-24 months.

Get full details and download an application.

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