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
The Bernard van Leer Foundation next week marks its 60th anniversary with an event in The Hague centred on the question of what young children can expect from corporate leaders. This press release (in Dutch) gives further details of a 100,000 euro incentive to Dutch corporations to engage in projects with young children. Those interested in attending the event on November 11th (see invitation), which features a panel discussion with Dutch corporate leaders, are invited to email email@example.com to check if space is available.
A partner of the foundation in South Africa, the, received a special commendation as a in the Mail and Guardian's awards.
Lisa Jordan writes: “There couldn’t be a more challenging time to begin to lead a privately endowed foundation than in the midst of a global financial crisis. But challenges also imply opportunities. Three months after taking over as the Executive Director of the Bernard van Leer Foundation, I would like to take a moment to share with you what I have learned so far, and how the foundation intends to carry forward its work. Read more
Effective Early Childhood Programmes is the latest in the Early Childhood in Focus series, published in collaboration with the Open University, which provides accessible reviews of research and clear messages on policy issues. It outlines the case for early childhood programmes, summarises the evidence for their effectiveness, and considers the challenges in taking them to scale.
The Bernard van Leer Foundation has chosen six young journalists from developing countries to be the inaugural recipients of the Oscar van Leer Fellowships. The fellowships aim to increase the quantity and quality of media coverage of issues affecting young children. For further details, please see the press release.
In a new foundation Working Paper, Too young for respect? Realising respect for young children in their everyday environments: A cross-cultural analysis, Shanti George looks at the routine disrespect shown to young children in everyday life and examines case studies from Germany and Israel to show what respect for young children looks like in practice.
Time Out Bangalore features anwith Steve Bradshaw about Early Life, the foundation-supported three-part TV series on early childhood.
A joint publication with Bertelsmann Stiftung, the latest in the foundation's Working Papers series - There are alternatives! Markets and democratic experimentalism in early childhood education and care - challenges the hegemony of the market model in early childhood education and care, discussing "democratic experimentalism" as an alternative.