Santa Fe Baby Fund

January 2019
A Critical Shortage: Infant Care in Santa Fe 

As a community, we lack enough high quality, licensed child care to serve all the infants in need. Although state and federal policymakers have shown increasing interest in early childhood education, this support is often directed to three-and four-year olds. With positive school readiness results, these investments make sense, particularly in New Mexico where reading, writing, math and graduation rates remain very low. Unfortunately, the sound logic behind this welcome commitment to early childhood education and improved school readiness has so far not extended to improving access to, and quality of, infant care. It is time to address this critical gap.

The Santa Fe Baby Fund at the Santa Fe Community Foundation has released a report, A Critical Shortage: Infant Care in Santa Fe, to aid in the process. Please read, share, and join us in our effort to double infant care capacity in Santa Fe by 2023.

Overview

The Santa Fe Baby Fund, an initiative of the Santa Fe Community Foundation, promotes the healthy development of babies and toddlers in Santa Fe County, prenatal through age four, and raises awareness of the critical importance of investing in early childhood for the benefit of our residents and our community. 

A belief that the vitality of any society rests on the opportunities afforded to all children early in life inspired the creation of the Baby Fund, with an initial $1.1 million gift from Brindle Foundation, a private family foundation based in Santa Fe. The future prosperity of Santa Fe depends on its ability to produce strong, healthy children who will lead our community. With the Baby Fund, the Santa Fe Community Foundation and Brindle Foundation hope to give the issues affecting infants a louder voice.

What does the Baby Fund do?

The Baby Fund plans programs and activities including community-wide forums, seminars and the publication of issue guides. An advisory council identifies areas of investment during a competitive grant making process.

How to Get Involved

To find out more, get involved or donate to the Santa Fe Baby Fund, please contact Fund Director, Rachel Kutcher at rkutcher@santafecf.org.

Your Contacts for the Santa Fe Baby Fund

Christa Coggins
Vice President for Community Philanthropy

(505) 988-9715 x 7002

 

Rachel Kutcher
Fund Director

(505) 988-9715 x 7016


Contribute to the Fund

Related Resources:

A Critical Shortage: Infant Care in
Santa Fe

Santa Fe Year of the Baby

It's smart to invest in youngest

Harvard’s Center on the Developing Child

Zero to Three

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