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

ACESS's score card for monitoring children's rights in South Africa 23-04-2010

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.

Harry Leliveld, 1939-2010 12-04-2010

With great sadness we wish to inform that Harry Leliveld, a Trustee of the Bernard van Leer Foundation, has passed away. Read more

Bernard van Leer Foundation's Annual Report for 2009 07-04-2010

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.

New issue of Early Childhood in Focus on Supporting Parenting 30-03-2010

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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.

Global expert meetings on violence and physical environments 29-03-2010

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

EFC Forum for Roma Inclusion, Workshop on Early Childhood 09-03-2010

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

Congratulations to the World Bank and Shakira 26-02-2010

The Bernard van Leer Foundation warmly welcomes the recent initiative by the World Bank and Grammy Award-winning artist Shakira, which will plough US$300 million into early childhood programmes in Latin America and the Caribbean over the next two years. We look forward to working with the World Bank's team on this issue.

BvLF's Leonardo Yanez presents to the OAS 26-02-2010

Leonardo Yanez

Leonardo Yanez, programme officer for Latin America at the Bernard van Leer Foundation, this week addressed a special session of the Pemanent Council of the Organization of American States on the topic of “Investing in early childhood: a sure strategy for combating poverty and for promoting social development and equity”. You can watch the video of Leonardo's presentation on the OAS website, and read the OAS's press release on the event.

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