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

Culture and learning: A new edition of Early Childhood in Focus 23-09-2010

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The latest edition of Early Childhood in Focus, entitled Culture and learning, looks at children's right to "development": the major policy questions surrounding the place of culture in early childhood programmes, and how to promote development and learning while respecting cultural diversities. The ECiF series provides clear reviews of research for policy makers and child advocates.

Foundation Chair speaks at Young Lives research launch in Peru 21-09-2010

Peter BellSpeaking at an event in Peru last week to launch the latest results of the Young Lives project (press release, in Spanish), the Chair of the foundation Board of Trustees, Peter Bell (pictured, right), called for Peru to focus as much on human development and the fair distribution of wealth as on economic growth and physical infrastructure. Young Lives is a major longitudinal study of children in Peru and three other countries, funded by the Bernard van Leer Foundation. The project's progress so far in Peru was the subject of a recent foundation working paper.

European Foundation Centre, Forum for Roman Inclusion - Press Release 13-09-2010

In the wake of Roma expulsions from France, the European Foundation Centre (EFC) Forum for Roma Inclusion met in Vienna on 9-10 September to renew their ongoing efforts to abate Roma exclusion and step up actions to promote European values. Read more

Miami New Times features BvLF's work in Juarez 09-09-2010

Today a front-page feature in the Miami New Times and several other US newspapers considers the plight of young children in Ciudad Juarez, the subject of BvLF executive director Lisa Jordan's recent message. As BvLF's Leonardo Yanez says in the article, "In just a few more years, these kids are going to be sucked into the narco world. Early childhood is the point where a rupture can be made."

Terrorism and Non-Profits 13-08-2010

How can governments make sure non-profit organizations in Europe aren’t being used a front for financing terrorism? This was the subject of the EU Directorate General of Home Affairs’ third meeting on non-profit sector transparency and accountability. Having co-authored a book on accountability in the non-profit sector, I was happy to be asked to share my views. Read more

Early Childhood Matters explores the foundation's new goals 05-08-2010

Setting our agenda on early learning, violence and physical environment

Setting our agenda on early learning, violence and physical environment is the latest edition of the Bernard van Leer Foundation's journal, Early Childhood Matters. A keynote article by programme director Michael Feigelson sets the scene for a collection of articles exploring different aspects of the foundation's new goals, including an update on the Wolfensohn Centre's studies of scaling up early childhood education programmes, an interview with UN special representative on violence against children Marta Santos Pais, and a look at town planning issues in the Netherlands.

Journal article on urban space and belonging 04-08-2010

An article discussing work funded by the Bernard van Leer Foundation appears in the new edition of the European Early Childhood Education Research Journal. "Space and place as a source of belonging and participation in urban environments: considering the role of early childhood education and care settings" was written by Margaret Kernan while she worked as a consultant for the foundation. It pays particular attention to marginalised children and those most at risk of discrimination, and looks as a case study at the projects of Melel Xojobal, one of the foundation’s partners in Mexico.

Foundation offers three research internships 22-06-2010

The Bernard van Leer Foundation is offering three research internships to Masters students and young professionals. The internships will start on 1st September for four months at a minimum of 15 hours per week. Read more

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