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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.
News & Events
Request for Proposals for Brindle's Early Opportunities funding
July - August 30th, 2019
The Brindle Foundation is pleased to announce that proposals are being accepted for the 2019 grant cycle of the Early Opportunities Initiative.

The Brindle Foundation is committed to supporting babies prenatal to three and their families in New Mexico, with an emphasis on underserved populations. The three areas of focus in the Early Opportunities Initiative are:

· Services for Babies, Toddlers, and their Families in New Mexico Counties of Santa Fe, San Miguel, Mora, Rio Arriba and Taos;
· Promotion of Early Childhood Policy, Advocacy & Initiatives  throughout New Mexico;
· Higher Education Early Childhood Programs across New Mexico

See here for further description

Proposals are accepted through our portal login.  In keeping with our mission, we strive to make the grant application process simple and learn what we can through direct communication with our grantees. We value everyone's time, so we ask if you have questions about whether your organization qualifies for a Brindle grant or if you wish to discuss specific ideas, please contact Karen Rowell, Interim Fund Manager, karen@brindlefoundation.org with questions or to request a brief phone call.

The key funding Grant Guidelines are posted and will guide you as to whether your organization qualifies for a Brindle grant. Please read them carefully.

Key dates for 2019 grants:
July 22 -- Online portal opens for submission of grant proposals
August 30 -- Proposals due by 5PM MDT
September - October -- Proposal review, site visits and communications with applicants
Early November -- Beginning of grant award announcements

Every New Mexico Baby Deserves a Great Start in Life!
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Conference on Early Childhood
September 16-17th, 2019
Presented by the Santa Fe Community College’s Early Childhood Center of Excellence and the LANL Foundation, these two full day events feature Dr. Bruce Perry, one of the world’s foremost experts on the long-term effects of early childhood trauma. See conference page for further info.

September 16, 2019: Early Childhood Symposium - Offering Understanding, Opportunity and Hope to Meet Challenges of Childhood Trauma and Development

September 17, 2019 The New Mexico Home Visiting Summit - Raising our Children, Elevating our Profession
Brindle Transitions
June 2019
As many of our Brindle Foundation friends already know, Kim Straus, our wonderful manager since 2002, will retire from Brindle at the end of May.

From Brindle’s first convening of grantees, when he asked “What does it mean to be born in Santa Fe?” Kim has been a tireless advocate for babies and their families. His influence on early childhood has extended statewide as he served on the Children’s Trust Fund board, The J Paul Taylor Early Childhood Task Force and other important policy groups that advocate for child well-being.  We will be forever appreciative for all of Kim’s great work.

Beginning in June, we are happy to introduce Karen Rowell, who will serve as interim foundation manager.  Karen retired as Executive Director of Youth Shelters and Family Services here in Santa Fe in 2013 and has since remained very involved in community activities. As she puts it, “It’s my honor to assist Brindle in this transition.”  We are grateful for her willingness to be with us in the coming months!  She can be contacted at karen@brindlefoundation.org.

Over the next several months, the Foundation will be going through a thoughtful search process for a new Executive Director. We will be working with a national search firm, which will also serve as the point of contact for inquiries related to this process. We will keep you informed as further details come available.

Very best wishes!
Nan, Kevin and Craig Schwanfelder
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A New Department for Early Childhood in New Mexico
February 2019
A highlight of the 2019 New Mexico legislative session was the creation of the new cabinet level Early Childhood Education and Care Department (ECECD). Early childhood programs currently in other state departments moving to the ECECD include childcare assistance and licensing, home visiting, PreK, early intervention and early childhood educator professional development. Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham will soon name a Secretary-Designate for the new department and the department is expected to become fully operational by July 2020.
New Mexico Receives Preschool Development Grant Birth to Five
January 2019
New Mexico learned in January that it had received a $5.4 million federal grant under the Every Student Succeeds Act. The funding from the Administration for Children and Families of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services will help states build and strengthen early learning systems for children birth to age five and their families. New Mexico’s application calls for the effort to begin prenatally. Under the grant, the state will conduct a statewide needs assessment and strategic plan, create an early learning media campaign, share professional development opportunities and best practices, and improve the overall quality of early learning services. These activities will also lay the foundation for the new Early Childhood Education and Care Department. More information here.
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.