Santa Fe Baby Fund

Overview

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. 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.

2020 GRANT CYCLE OPEN

Application deadline Thursday, September 17, 2020, at 11:59 PM MDT

Baby Fund Grants Overview

Fall 2020 funding priorities are:

(1) Increasing access to high quality, affordable infant and toddler care;

(2) Supporting the early childhood workforce;

(3) Improving access to reproductive health services for adolescents and young adults; and

(4) Supporting young parents ages 24 and under, and their infants and toddlers.

Optional funding criteria are:

(1) Organizations or programs directly focused on further racial equity for Black, Indigenous, Persons of Color (BIPOC) or immigrants within one of the four funding priorities; or

(2) Project addressing gaps caused by COVID-19 closures within one of the above four funding priorities

Organizations are eligible to apply to Santa Fe Baby Fund in 2020 even if you received a grant from Santa Fe Baby Fund or from one of Santa Fe Community Foundation’s “regular” competitive Community Grants cycle in 2019.  However, organizations may NOT receive a grant from both Santa Fe Baby Fund and from one of Santa Fe Community Foundation’s “regular” competitive Community Grants in the same calendar year.

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.

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 (January 2019), to aid in the process. Please read, share, and join us in our effort to double infant care capacity in Santa Fe by 2023.

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

It's smart to invest in youngest

Harvard’s Center on the Developing Child

Zero to Three

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