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