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

Patrice L Engle Dissertation Award For Global Early Child Development 05-02-2013

As a legacy to Pat Engle, the Bernard van Leer Foundation, along with her friends and colleagues, have established the Patrice L Engle Dissertation Award For Global Early Child Development to provide opportunities for junior scholars from or working in developing countries to conduct dissertation research in global early child development. The award includes US$5000 to support dissertation research and a 2-year student membership to the Society for Research in Child Development.

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Women Inc talkshow ‘ Who will take care of the children’ 31-01-2013

The Bernard van Leer Foundation will be present at the Women Inc festival in Amsterdam on Sunday February 17th during the talk show 'Who will take care of the children? ' (WIE ZORGT ER VOOR DE KINDEREN?)

Global Leaders in Davos Commit to Helping Prevent Violence in Young Children’s Lives 31-01-2013

DAVOS, Switzerland – Saturday, 26 January 2013 –– At an event organized by The Bernard van Leer Foundation, twenty global leaders including Geraldine Chin Moody, board member of UN Women Australia, Vidar Jorgensen, president of Grameen America, and Princess Mabel van Oranje, founding CEO of The Elders, gathered to demonstrate their resolve to end violence in the lives of young children. 


First meeting Transatlantic Forum on Inclusive Early Years in Ghent 21-01-2013

The first meeting of the Transatlantic Forum on Inclusive Early Years will take place from 21-23 January 2013 in Ghent, Belgium. This invite only event is about Quality Early Childhood Services for All: Addressing Disparities in Access for Children from Migrant and Low-Income Families.

The Transatlantic Forum on Inclusive Early Years is an initiative of the King Baudouin Foundation together with nine different partner foundations from both Europe and the United States - amongst them the Bernard van Leer Foundation, de LEGO Foundation and the Migration Policy Institute - bringing together leading scientists, practitioners, civil society members, business leaders and political decision-makers.

Address social roots of gun violence 18-01-2013

Our Program Director Michael Feigelson responds to Obama's proposal today to curb violence.

We are interested in what your thoughts are on this on-going debate on violence in young children's lives.  Please follow us @HugKids and join the conversation #hugkids

ISSA Online Course 10-01-2013

Kindergarten/Preschool Educators Invited to Enroll in a Free Online Course in English or in Spanish

Registration deadline extended to February 15, 2013!

Within the framework ISSA's Principles for Quality Pedagogy, the course consists of 12 modules which will help teachers become more intentional and reflective in their teaching.

Visit the site for more info.

Opening of 'Het Peutercollege' in Rotterdam 09-01-2013

On January 16th the first ‘Peutercollege’ (college for toddlers) in the Netherlands will be opened in Rotterdam by the mayor Ahmed Aboutaleb. 'Het Peutercollege' gives 2- and 3-year-old kids in Rotterdam the opportunity to develop themselves to the maximum. The 2-year-olds follow a 5 day-part and the 3-year-olds a 9 day-part course, which is high-quality and age-specific and has a value of 7650 euro’s on a yearly basis. Investing in these young children will lay a good basis for success in the future. This great initiative is funded by the Bernard van Leer Foundation and Foundation De Verre Bergen.

Rally the voices of the community 22-12-2012

The importance of culture change in violence against children is highlighted by Michael J. Feigelson, BvLF's programme director in a recent letter to

Mr Weisberg’s call for a public health approach to gun violence (Bloomberg shows the way on gun control ) will help make things better but, paired with a culture change strategy, we can do even more to honour the victims of Newtown and the 3,000 American kids killed by gun violence every year... read on

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