Programs & Services

Loans & Financial Technical Assistance

First Children’s Finance provides loans and financial technical assistance to child care centers and family providers looking to expand or improve facilities and programs in Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, North and South Dakota, and Wisconsin. The first step is a toll-free phone call to (866) 562-6801.

Business Training & Consulting

First Children’s Finance provides trainings and workshops on a variety of business topics, as well as one-on-one consulting for child care businesses. Our consulting services focus on the essential business components necessary to create and maintain high-quality child care businesses.To learn about current opportunities, follow these links:

Business Development Programs

First Children’s Finance designs comprehensive business development programs for child care centers and family providers, including the Growth Fund Program. To learn about opportunities in your region, follow these links:

Community Consulting Projects

First Children’s Finance provides consulting and planning assistance for communities, government agencies, intermediaries and regional child care organizations throughout the United States. To find out how we can help your community, contact us at

National Initatives

First Children’s Finance supports states as they enhance, strengthen, and adapt their practices, policies, and funding to support child care businesses.

Rural Child Care Innovation Program

The Rural Child Care Innovation Program (RCCIP), funded by Minnesota Department of Human Services, is an initiative of First Children’s Finance to address the challenges of rural child care in Greater Minnesota through the lens of rural economic development.

The RCCIP uses a community engagement process designed to develop right-sized solutions to increase supply of high quality affordable child care in Minnesota’s rural communities. To learn more:

Online Resources

First Children’s Finance also provides a wealth of online resources for child care businesses, including practical business tools and information customized for child care centers and family providers:

We hope you find what you’re looking for, here on our website. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to call us toll-free at (866) 562-6801. We look forward to hearing from you!