Welcome to Perigee Fund

A new national philanthropic endeavor, based in Seattle, advancing work in the field of early childhood mental health

Our Mission

Building a more promising future for young children and families

We are committed to the healthy social and emotional development of babies and toddlers, and to the early caregiving relationships that are foundational to this development.

By advancing work in the field of early childhood mental health, we hope to build a more promising future for young children and their families.

0 - 3 is key

The most influential period of brain development happens between the ages of zero and three years. During this time, more than 1 million new neural connections are formed per second, creating the foundational architecture of our brains.

Why we invest in the earliest years and the earliest relationships

Parents and caregivers influence babies' brain development from the start. By providing nurturing, responsive care, and by buffering young children from excessive stress, parents and other caregivers support the neural pathways that contribute to children's growing ability to trust in others, manage strong emotions, communicate, and learn. These skills, acquired in the earliest years, are highly predictive of later academic, economic, and social success

We support parents and caregivers to care for their children with confidence, competence and joy.


Expand access to infant and early childhood mental health care.


Empower parents and providers through sustained, relationship-based support systems and knowledge.


Take a two-generation approach to advancing equitable health and developmental outcomes for all families with children prenatal to five years.


We are currently in the early stages of developing Perigee Fund's approach to grantmaking and partnership. 

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per-i-gee — the point in the orbit of the moon or a satellite in which it is nearest to the Earth.

The name "Perigee" evokes secure attachment behavior in the young child, who moves in an "orbit" around a primary caregiver and can safely enjoy both the warmth of intimacy, and the joy of independent discovery and exploration within a healthy relationship.