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

Early Childhood in Focus on Attachment Relationships published in Hungarian 19-01-2011

The first issue of Early Childhood in Focus, on Attachment Relationships: Quality of Care for Young Children, is now available in pdf format in Hungarian translation. Published in collaboration with the Open University, Early Childhood in Focus accessibly reviews the best and most recent research, information and analysis on key policy issues, offering clear messages for advocates.


The Netherlands goes open source: an interview with Trude Maas 18-01-2011

On January 17th an interview with Trude Maas-de Brouwer, Trustee of the Bernard van Leer Foundation,  appeared in the Dutch newspaper Sp¡ts. It is part of a series by Sp¡ts reporter Alexander Bakker talking to influential people on how the Netherlands will look in 2030. You can find the article online in Dutch here, or read a summary in English.

Headlines we would like to see in 2011 13-01-2011

Children learning in Israel

  • Israel: Drop Out Rates Lowest in a Decade
  • Kids Council Convinces Government to Improve Quality of Pre-School
  • National Funds Doubled for Babies and Toddlers
  • Corporate Leaders for Kids Chapter Opens in Israel
  • Roma Children Gain Access to Quality Education
  • Juarez: 6000 Safe Spaces for Kids Created
  • Peru: Mayors Mobilized for Children
  • Kids Parliament Commands National Attention
  • Caribbean: Banks Establish National Trust for Children’s Care
  • Netherlands: Family Violence Reduced
  • Uganda: Community Contracts Eliminate Family Violence
  • Corporations Stand up for Kids Rights

Happy New Year and Best Wishes for 2011!

Haiti one year on 12-01-2011

The Bernard van Leer Foundation joins Partners in Health in commemorating the 1st anniversary of the terrible earthquake that devastated Haiti one year ago today.

Young Children were not only high among the casualties of that fateful day, they also suffered disproportionally in the aftermath. Lack of food, clean water and safe spaces, increased violence and disease remains a reality for young children in Haiti today.  All these factors impact the health, security and their opportunities to learn,  meaning they will be affected by the earthquake both physically, mentally and emotionally for the rest of their lives. 

That is why continued attention for the situation of young children in Haiti remains a global responsibility. Partners in Health is one of the few aid organizations that before and after the earthquake has consistently worked to build the capacity of the Haitian government to provide basic services for children. Bernard van Leer is proud to support their important work.



BvLF work in Mississippi features in US media 11-01-2011

A report commissioned by the Children's Defense Fund on child poverty in the USA has highlighted the Bernard van Leer Foundation's work in the Mississippi Delta. The report, "Held Captive": Child Poverty in America, was picked up by media outlets including CNN and the Huffington Post.


Season's Greetings 23-12-2010

Season's Greetings from the Bernard van Leer Foundation.

Seasons Greetings

Working Paper on children's right to play 21-12-2010

A new working paper entitled Children’s right to play: An examination of the importance of play in the lives of children worldwide is now available. Wendy Russell and Stuart Lester of the UK's University of Gloucestershire argue that play is fundamental to the health and well-being of children, and that state signatories to Convention on the Rights of the Child - as well as adults more generally - should recognise, respect and promote play as a right.


Early Childhood Matters on children in cities 16-12-2010

Young children in cities: Challenges and opportunities

A new edition of BvLF's biannual journal, Early Childhood Matters, looks at the issue of Young children in cities: Challenges and opportunities. Articles look at various aspects of how urban life affects children, from exposure to violence through lack of space to play, and feature contributions from across four continents.

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