Established in 2002, Brindle Foundation is a small family foundation based in Santa Fe, New Mexico with a focus on Early Childhood. We carry on a legacy of caring and thoughtful philanthropy created by Martha Ann Healy.
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Request for Proposals for Brindle's Early Opportunities Initiative funding
July 2018
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.

See our general grant guidelines for further information
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Zero to Three Conference in Denver, CO
October 2018
We are looking forward to seeing a strong New Mexico contingent there!
The early childhood field is evolving – every day there are NEW things to learn, NEW people to meet, NEW perspectives to consider, NEW opportunities to discover. ZERO TO THREE’s Annual Conference 2018 is your destination for professional and personal growth. With a vast array of outstanding speakers and sessions, this exceptional event will expand your horizons and raise your expectations.

October is new territory for ZERO TO THREE. Explore it with us in 2018!
New Mexico drops to 50th in the nation in child well-being
June 2018
“New Mexico’s dismal ranking should serve as a wake-up call to our state that we must act—and that action must be comprehensive and sustained... The data show we are at a crossroads—we can continue to disinvest in our children or we can insist upon a new direction, one in which we make a deep commitment to improving conditions for all New Mexicans.” -James Jimenez, New Mexico Voices for Children in response to this year's KIDS count data.
See Searchlight New Mexico for their coverage and other excellent articles about early childhood in NM.
Fiesta Para Bebés
May 2018
The 4th Annual Santa Fe Fiesta Para Bebés on Saturday May 12 at El Camino Real Academy brought together families with more than 30 providers of local services and opportunities.  The day included drawings for free diapers and prizes, activities for young children and lots of balloons.

With appreciation to Santa Fe Baby Fund for organizing this great event!