The Bernard van Leer Foundation is an international grantmaking foundation based in The Hague.

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 promoting more cohesive, considerate and creative societies with equal opportunities and rights for all.

Latest news from the Bernard van Leer Foundation

Young Talents at the Music Media Experience - Download Your Ringtones... 20-06-2012

Children created a variety of ringtones during the "Music Media Experience" at our opening.  If you made a ringtone, you can download it.  Click on the photo to the ringtone site. 


Festival Classique 14-06-2012

We are happy that you will be joining us for the new media music experience on the 15th of June 2012.

Zaterdag 16 juni & zondag 17 juni | 13.00 tot 16.00 uur |
Kantoor Bernard van Leer Foundation | Lange Houtstraat 2

3rd annual European Prisoners' Children Week (1 – 8 June) 01-06-2012

This Friday June 1st, the European Network for Children of Imprisoned Parents (EUROCHIPS) are launching their 3rd annual European Prisoners' Children Week (1 – 8 June) to raise awareness about this vulnerable group of children and their specific set of circumstances.

This year, the campaign is entitled Not my Crime, Still my Sentence; which was inspired by the various experiences of which these children are vulnerable, including stigma, bullying, social isolation, developmental (as well as financial hardships), and separation anxiety. Read more...

Hidden Violence (Geheim Geweld) 31-05-2012

A film portraying the long term impact of child abuse is breaking through taboos.  

People who grew up with abuse and neglect find it difficult or impossible to process their feelings and they often experience life as a fight. The lack of safety, security and love brings about a long search for processing, recognition and acceptance.

In the film Bas van Hout, a Dutch crime reporter, and Hameeda Lakho, the Pakistan born author of 'Hitting Home' and founding member of 'Stichting Geheim Geweld', talk about their traumatic experiences and the long impact of child abuse. Read more...

Banking on baby's brain 16-05-2012

Lisa Jordan, Executive Director of the Bernard van Leer Foundation

By Lisa Jordan, Executive Director, 16 May 2012

Investing in young children is not rocket science. It’s actually neuroscience, with a little bit of molecular biology and genomics thrown in for good measure.

There is a revolution occurring today in neuroscience. What we are learning about children’s development is nothing short of a new paradigm. Everything you have always wanted to know about brain development and early childhood has been brought together in the latest Early Childhood in Focus #7.

Brain research is not telling us what to do with our kids. It is helping us understand why we do certain things with our babies and toddlers and what impact it has on their development. Read more

Call for Proposals on Impact Evaluation 02-05-2012

The Strategic Impact Evaluation Fund (SIEF) at the World Bank has opened the first call for proposals. This multi-donor trust fund, supported by DFID and administered by the World Bank's Human Development Network, will finance research evaluating the impact of programs to alleviate poverty and improve people’s lives. The knowledge generated will provide evidence for designing more effective policies and programs for improving human development outcomes, with a particular focus on programs that can be expanded in low-income countries. One of the research clusters is focused on Early Childhood Nutrition, Health and Development. Applications should be submitted by 8 a.m. (EST) on June 4, 2012. Please visit the website for more information.

Early Childhood In Focus on Developing Brains 27-04-2012

ECIF 7 cover‘Developing Brains’ is the latest edition of Early Childhood In Focus, a series of publications produced by the Child and Youth Studies Group at The Open University with the support of the Bernard van Leer Foundation. It covers key findings from neuroscience on the development of children’s brains and the effects of early experiences. The Early Childhood In Focus series provides accessible and clear reviews of the best and most recent available research, offering clear messages on core policy topics and questions. Download the pdf, read on or order a free printed copy today.

Report published on children's rights in The Netherlands 03-04-2012

An independent report on the extent to which the Netherlands is meeting its obligations under the Convention on the Rights of the Child, Kinderrechten in Nederland 2008-2012 (Children's Rights in The Netherlands) was published today. A collaboration of over 80 organisations, and with support from the Bernard van Leer Foundation among others, the report focuses on how vulnerable groups of children are bearing the brunt of government austerity measures. Read more (in Dutch) on the website of Defence for Children - Netherlands.

Annual Report 2011 29-03-2012

AR 2011 cover

The Bernard van Leer Foundation's Annual Report 2011 is now available. The report details our grantmaking activities and financial situation for the past year. It includes programme overviews per country and at global level, reports on communications activities, contributions from the chair of the board of trustees and the executive director, and an executive summary in Spanish.

The Bernard van Leer Foundation receives the Slinger award 2011 for our Corporate Social Responsibility in The Hague 22-03-2012

The Bernard van Leer Foundation was proud to receive the Slinger award 2011 for our Corporate Social Responsibility in our hometown The Hague, along with PwC. We received the reward for donating computers and other equipment from our former office to community organisations in The Hague. Rutger, Manager Support Services, accepted the award (a white Stork, the symbol of the Hague) on our behalf .

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