The Bernard van Leer Foundation is a private grant-making foundation. Our mission is to improve opportunities for children up to age 8 who are growing up in socially and economically difficult circumstances. We see this both as a valuable end in itself and as a long-term means to promote more cohesive, considerate and creative societies with equal opportunities and rights for all. 

Latest news from the Bernard van Leer Foundation

New Report: Cure Violence Model Creates Better Parenting and Less Violence for Families & Children 19-11-2015

BvLF funded study shows that Cure Violence model creates better parenting and less violence for families and childrenA study commissioned by the Bernard van Leer Foundation examines how the Cure Violence health model specifically affects children under the age of 8 years as well as the families of these children. The study includes a survey, in-depth interviews, and focus groups among clients at four program sites. The results demonstrate that Cure Violence Model sites have had deep effects on young children and families, including less exposure to violence for children and families, better parenting practices by clients of the program, better behavior directed at children in general by clients, increased use of public spaces by children and families, and reduced fear of violence among children and families. Read more

Blog - How I realised the importance of investing in early childhood 11-11-2015

Blog Henri Le Bienvenue - Importance of investing in early childhood'I am a businessman and member of Peru 2021, a non-profit civil association led by socially committed entrepreneurs to promote corporate social responsibility. A growing number of businesses in Peru are funding social projects and committing to build a more sustainable society. However, most of their investment is focused on helping young adults rather than very young children.'

Read the newest blog, written by Henri Le Bienvenu, on our corporate blog website.

Call for posters: Forum on Investing in Young Children Globally (iYCG) 08-10-2015

Call for posters: 6th workshop Forum on Investing in Young Children GloballyThe Forum on Investing in Young Children Globally (iYCG), in partnership with the Open Society Foundations and the International Step by Step Association (ISSA), invites Young Investigators to submit virtual posters of their work for inclusion in public materials for a workshop on Reaching and Investing in Children at the Margins. In-person attendance is not required, but encouraged for networking opportunities. Young Investigators may submit work relating to measurement across health, nutrition, education and social protection of young children. The posters should be submitted digitally for review by 23 October 2015. Read more

Business leaders voice support for early childhood investments 01-10-2015

ReadyNation open letter SDGsMore than 120 business leaders from five continents have signed an open letter applauding the United Nations for including early childhood in the new Sustainable Development Goals.

The letter will be presented during ReadyNation's first-ever Global Business Summit on Early Childhood Investments, which is being held on October 1 and 2 in New York City. The Bernard van Leer Foundation supports ReadyNation, and Executive Director Michael Feigelson will be addressing the event.

A good start: Video and infographic 23-09-2015

To mark the launch of the July 2015 edition of Early Childhood Matters, A good start: advances in early childhood development, the Bernard van Leer Foundation has produced a one-page infographic (download the pdf) and short video (watch on YouTube).

New campaign launched on healthy brains 16-09-2015

Healthy brain campaign

Launched today in the Netherlands: a campaign on the importance of a healthy brain, with input from the Bernard van Leer Foundation. Visit the website and see a PDF of our contribution (both in Dutch only).

BvLF partner Promundo nominated for Human Rights Tulip award 14-09-2015

Human Rights TulipPromundo, a longstanding partner of the Bernard van Leer Foundation, has been nominated for the Human Rights Tulip, an award of the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs for courageous human rights defenders who promote and support human rights in innovative ways. You can vote here (vote closes at 23:59 on Wednesday 16 September).

New issue of Early Childhood Matters surveys the early childhood field 28-07-2015

ECM 124 coverPublished today, the latest edition of Early Childhood Matters is a special issue to mark the 50th anniversary of the Bernard van Leer Foundation's first grant in early childhood. A comprehensive look at the current state of the early childhood field and future priorities, A good start: advances in early childhood development it includes contributions from experts on subjects including brain science, nutrition, home visiting, parent support, pre-primary, fatherhood, emergency contexts, children with disabilities, measurement and leadership.

You can download the pdf, read online on or order a free printed copy.

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