Engaging Rural Communities--ARCHIVED

Last Reviewed Date
January 11, 2023

According to the State of Babies Yearbook, in 2018 nearly 1 in 11 of America’s children younger than 3 years lived in a rural or nonmetropolitan area of the United States. It is important for states to create solutions and strategies to address gaps and challenges in the provision of high quality services to children birth to five in rural communities. Partnerships at the state, region, and local level in a mixed delivery system can help address challenges and create opportunities that meet the needs of these children and families. For more information on an early childhood mixed delivery system, contact the PDG B-5 technical assistance specialist for your region.

Supporting Access to High-Quality Family Child Care: A Policy Assessment and Planning Tool

This tool helps states and PDG B-5 Grantees assess policies that support access to Family Child Care (FCC) and identify their priorities, goals, and next steps.

Health Care Access for Infants and Toddlers in Rural Areas

This brief shares a few recommendations for policymakers to help ensure equitable health care access for infants and toddlers living in rural areas.

Remote Service Delivery and Distance Learning

This page covers remote service delivery for children with developmental delays and disabilities, geared toward Part C and IDEA Part B Section 619 programs.

Technology in Home visiting

This brief shares initiates that use virtual tools to deliver home visiting services, connect parents to resources, and facilitate visiting supervision.

Rural Child Welfare Practice

This brief shares the needs of children and families in rural communties, their strengths, and how professionals can best help this population.


Strategies for Outreach to Families Living in Rural or Remote Areas

This resource, part of a series, can help states, territories, and tribes learn strategies for outreach to families living in remote or rural communties.

CAP's Interactive Child Care Desert Map

This tool shows variation in child care supply adjusted for population density and reveals provider capacity near given locations, accounting for nearby demand.

Access to Quality Child Care for Families Living in Rural Areas

This brief shares policy recommendations to improve families' access to high-quality subsidized care across child care settings in rural communties.