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
Hosted by Plan Belgium, a panel of experts on early childhood presented experiences and analyses to the European Parliament in Brussels on May 5th. Among them, the Bernard van Leer Foundation's Leonardo Yánez made the case for supporting early education as a priority in the South. More information on the Plan Belgium website (in French).
Lisa Jordan, Executive Director, writes: "Roma children are three times more likely to die before the age of five than other European children. One million Roma children never go to school, another million Roma children are relegated to schools for children with special needs." Read more
We have pleasure to share a document prepared for the Alliance for Children’s Entitlement to Social Security (ACESS) in South Africa, which introduces indicators for monitoring the realisation of the rights of young children and applies them to provinces across the country.
With great sadness we wish to inform that Harry Leliveld, a Trustee of the Bernard van Leer Foundation, has passed away. Read more
The Bernard van Leer Foundation's Annual Report for 2009 is now available. Reports on our activities and finances over the last year are complemented by stories from the field showing the impact of selected grants, and an insight into how we arrived at the three goals that will define our grantmaking in the coming years. There is also an executive summary in Spanish.
Supporting Parenting is the latest in our publication series Early Childhood in Focus, published jointly with the Open University. This issue addresses government programmes to support parents in fulfilling their parenting role. How can these programmes be critically evaluated and adapted to local circumstances - and what is "good parenting" anyway? Early Childhood in Focus offers practical and accessible summaries of the latest research to policy makers, practitioners and advocates working in the field of early childhood.
On March 9th and 10th, the Bernard van Leer Foundation held two global expert meetings in which researchers, advocates and practitioners from around the world joined us at our office in the Hague to discuss two of our new goals: reducing violence in young children’s lives and improving the physical environments where young children grow up. Read more
A European Foundation Centre (EFC) Forum for Roma Inclusion Workshop took place on 4 and 5 March 2010 in The Hague, hosted by the Bernard van Leer Foundation. The focus of the workshop was on early childhood development within the Roma communities. Read more