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

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

Happy Holidays! 20-12-2012

Please note that the Bernard van Leer Foundation office will be closed during the Holiday season. We are back in the office again on Wednesday January 2nd, 2013.

We wish you a very merry Christmas and a happy New Year!

Needless tragedy in Newtown 17-12-2012

One thing needs to be said before we start off this week: our thoughts are with the parents, families, relatives and friends of the innocent victims of the needless tragedy at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut.

Global Fund for Children featured charity for the FT 2012 Seasonal Appeal 06-12-2012

The Global Fund for Children has been selected as the featured charity for the Financial Times 2012 Seasonal Appeal. It was chosen by staff vote out of hundreds of applicants because of its unwavering dedication to transform the lives of the world's most vulnerable children.

The Financial Times will run twice-weekly editorials to raise the visibility of vulnerable children and the grassroots organizations that defend their rights.

BvLF supporting the Why Poverty? Campaign 03-12-2012

The Bernard van Leer Foundation is pleased to be supporting the Why Poverty? Campaign, which is launching around the world this week with films intended to provoke viewers to ask the question: Why Poverty? We would like you to be part of this campaign. Please watch the films we’ve selected that stress the issues of poverty and young children, and share them with others.

Policy Round Table on Early Childhood Education and Care 27-11-2012

The Bernard van Leer Foundation is supporting the Policy Round Table discussion on Early Childhood Education today and tomorrow in Leiden, The Netherlands.

is organizing the Policy Round Table on ECEC (Early Childhood Education and Care) aiming to promote an European framework for quality in ECEC. It will bring together Eurochild members and national policy experts to discuss follow-up to the European Commission Communication and Council Conclusions on “Early childhood education and care: providing all our children with the best start for the world of tomorrow”.

Introducing the Encyclopaedia on Early Childhood Development 27-11-2012

The latest edition of Early Childhood Matters contains content developed in collaboration with the Encyclopedia on Early Childhood Development, an initiative of the Centre of Excellence for Early Childhood Development and the Strategic Knowledge Cluster on Early Childhood Development. BvLF has contributed to development of the encyclopaedia's articles on societal violence in relation to early childhood.

Intended for policy-makers, service planners and providers, and parents, the online encyclopaedia is available to browse, free of charge, in English, French, Spanish and Portuguese.

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