About Perigee Fund
Who We Are
Perigee Fund is a national philanthropic endeavor committed to advancing work in the field of infant and early childhood mental health and maternal mental health. We were founded in 2018 and have begun to develop strategic priorities and make investments.
We are driven by the fact that the most influential period of brain development is between the prenatal period until about three years of age. While early childhood health and wellbeing are critically linked to success later in life, this knowledge has not translated to systems-level practice; investments in this area are underfunded at all levels.
Compelled by the urgent need to deepen supports in the earliest stage of life, the Perigee Fund has committed significant resources over the next two decades to advance knowledge and practice, increase advocacy, build partnerships, and align systems to ensure that babies, toddlers, and their parents thrive.
Our deepest work is in Washington state, but we also seek to build field capacity, advance policy, and forge aligned partnerships nationally.
Working to Advance Equity
Research shows investing early in strong relationships is especially critical for infants and young children whose families are affected by trauma, racism, and poverty. Perigee Fund believes that a focus on healthy social and emotional development is one of the best opportunities to advance equity.
Our Guiding Principles
1. Change happens through relationships.
Just as early relationships shape the developing brain, attuned and responsive relationships are the means by which positive change happens at all levels of child- and family-serving systems.
2. Support for individuals is transformative.
Empowering each person serving children and families and enriching their practice with an understanding of infant and early childhood mental health principles leads to better relationships, services, and policies.
3. Support for families is essential.
A two-generation approach to supporting infants and toddlers will address family stressors and enhance parents’ capacity.
4. Every family is unique.
Services for families are most effective when they respond to each family uniquely, affirming and building on their assets and resilience.
5. Focusing early advances equity.
Ensuring that public and private systems adequately and equitably serve our youngest children and their families narrows the development and health gaps correlated with race, ethnicity, income, and geography.
Attachment to a baby is a long-term process, not a single, magical moment. The opportunity for bonding at birth may be compared to falling in love - staying in love takes longer and demands more work.
T. Berry Brazelton