Brindle Foundation is committed to supporting babies prenatal to three and their families in New Mexico, with particular emphasis on underserved populations.
We believe every baby deserves an equal opportunity for a great start in life and we seek to help New Mexico become a better place where all babies and families thrive. Research shows most brain development occurs within the first three years of life; there is a narrow window of opportunity to create a solid foundation for future health and well-being. New Mexico is also a place where we celebrate diverse and deep cultural heritages. As such, we seek to support organizations and strategies with these same values, goals and understanding. We look for high quality programs that are well-researched, evidence-based and effectively implemented. We also are willing to consider proposals for innovative approaches and pilot projects – out-of-the sandbox thinking – provided that there is considerable time given for background research and thoughtful project development.
Brindle Foundation is focusing on three areas in our Early Opportunities Initiative:
Services for Babies and their Families
Geographic Focus: New Mexico Counties of Santa Fe, San Miguel, Mora, Rio Arriba and Taos
Grants for providers of direct services that benefit babies and toddlers prenatal to age three and their families or local collaborations around the delivery of early childhood services. We seek programs that may best advance our outcome goal of the well-being of infants and toddlers (and of underserved populations in particular). We recognize the broad range of approaches this may include, such as home visitation, prenatal/infant healthcare, parent education, child care, etc.
Promotion of Early Childhood Policy, Advocacy & Initiatives
Geographic Focus: New Mexico statewide
Grants that support organizations engaged in local or statewide early childhood advocacy, policy development, and awareness campaigns. This may also include initiatives spotlighting general or specific aspects of early childhood best practice that are replicable and can be brought to scale.
Higher Education Early Childhood Programs
Geographic Focus: New Mexico not-for-profit colleges and universities
Grants that support the teaching and best practice of infant and early childhood development in higher education institutions. While we are still developing an understanding of different models to impact, we see particular opportunity in the ability of higher education to produce system-level changes in the state's early childhood sector. This may be through a variety of means, including expanding and deepening the quality of New Mexico's early childhood workforce, developing model programs, or building leadership or early childhood organization capacity.