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

Douglas B. Marshall Jr. Family Foundation now accepting grant proposals 08-09-2011

The Douglas B. Marshall, Jr. Family Foundation, which works on education and research, is now accepting proposals for a new round of grantmaking. Particular interests are project work in education that is evidence-based, cost-effective and scalable in the long term, or research that contributes to the evidence base on what works to improve educational outcomes. Organizations and projects focused in developing countries are strongly encouraged to apply. The deadline for draft applications is September 23rd, and further details can be found here.


Peru Infobarómetro presentation attracts media coverage 05-09-2011

The BvLF-funded Infobarómetro de la Primera Infancia, run by partner Salgalú, was officially presented at an event last Friday. The Infobarómetro collates data on early childhood in Peru to inform policymaking and advocacy. Listen to the coverage of the event on Radio Programas del Perú (RPP) here (in Spanish).


Children and Violence Evaluation Challenge Fund - Call for proposals 29-08-2011

Non-profit organizations, universities and research institutes are invited to submit proposals for research into the effectiveness of programmes to prevent violence against children in low-income settings. Read the press release and the full call for proposals on the website of the Children and Violence Evaluation Challenge Fund, an initiative partly funded by the Bernard van Leer Foundation.

Children and Violence Evaluation Challenge Fund

Second episode of "In The Mayor's Footsteps" to be shown on BBC 11-08-2011

Following on from last week's broadcast of the first episode, BBC World News this weekend broadcasts the second part of the BvLF-funded "In the Mayor's Footsteps". Transmission times (all GMT) are: Saturday August 13th 00:30, 07:30 and 19:30; Sunday August 14th 12:30. Read more in our press release and watch a clip from the programme below.

BvLF-funded documentary screened on BBC World 09-08-2011

Last weekend BBC World News broadcast a BvLF-funded programme made by TVE, In the Mayor’s Footsteps, about the effects of stress and violence in young children's lives. See brief extracts from the programme below:

EU Commissioner: Roma exclusion "getting worse" 25-07-2011

According to László Andor, EU Commissioner for Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion, the longstanding problem of discrimination against and social exclusion of Roma is getting worse. The European Roma Information Office's latest weekly e-newsletter shares the Commissioner's responses on why the welfare of the Roma population “is a European challenge and requires a European response”.

Through our EU-wide programme the Bernard van Leer Foundation collaborates with other European foundations in the Forum for Roma Inclusion, with the aim of helping Roma children to break the cycle of exclusion; clearly, much work remains to be done.

Vacancy for a Data Visualisation and Online Reporting Officer 17-07-2011

The Bernard van Leer Foundation is recruiting a Data Visualisation and Online Reporting Officer to work for 12 months in the Hague on a part-time (30 hours per week) basis. The sucessful applicant will be tasked with creating new websites and an online reporting tool to capture the foundation's activities. See the pdf for further details; deadline is September 9th.

Many thanks to readers who participated in our publications survey 12-07-2011

BvLF publicationsMany thanks to all readers of Bernard van Leer publications who took part in our recent survey. We received responses from readers in 34 countries, ranging from NGO and government employees to academic researchers and individual practitioners. The results were extremely useful in informing us about how we can ensure that our free publications continue to meet the needs of the early childhood community. Read more

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