Santa Fe Baby Fund

Helping babies to thrive is both social justice
and smart economic development

Making Noise for Babies
What does the Baby Fund do?
2019 Grant Cycle
How to Get Involved

Report Released, January 2019
 A Critical Shortage: Infant Care in Santa Fe Baby Fund - Infant

We live in an infant care desert in Santa Fe.

As a community, we do not have 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 is releasing this report – A Critical Shortage: Infant Care in Santa Fe – to aid in the process. Please read the report, share it widely and join us in our effort to double infant care capacity in Santa Fe by 2023.


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.

The 2019 grant cycle opens on January 29, 2019. Applications are due by February 28, 2019. Applicants will be notified by March 29, 2019. 

To learn more about the process you can read the RFP below and you can apply here.

Santa Fe Baby Fund - 2019 Request for Proposals

The Santa Fe Baby Fund at the Santa Fe Community Foundation seeks to promote the healthy
development of babies and toddlers in Santa Fe and to raise awareness about the critical importance
of investing in the early years of life.
The Baby Fund is accepting applications in the following three priority areas:

  • Increasing access to high quality, affordable infant and toddler care;
  • Supporting the early childhood workforce; and
  • Decreasing unwanted pregnancies and supporting teen parents.


To find out more, get involved or donate to the Santa Fe Baby Fund, please contact Fund Director, Katie Dry at

Your Contacts for the Santa Fe Baby Fund

Christa Coggins
Vice President for Community Philanthropy

(505) 988-9715 x 7002


Katie Dry 
Fund Director

(505) 988-9715 x 7016

Contribute to the Fund

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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

Opportunities Exchange