The Bernard van Leer Foundation is an international grantmaking foundation based in The Hague.
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 promoting more cohesive, considerate and creative societies with equal opportunities and rights for all.
Latest news from the Bernard van Leer Foundation
The Canadian Star has aon foundation partner Hand in Hand headlined "Love, tolerance go hand in hand at Israeli schools: Jewish and Arab students thriving in 11-year-old experiment in inter-ethnic accommodation".
Read the latest evaluation (pdf) of the Children-Friendly Kindergarten Program, run by the Center for the Advancement of Functional Capacities in Israel. The program is based on the Neuro-Developmental-Functional Approach, which aims to prevent functional development delays.
From 318 organisations considered, the foundation's partner Instituto da Infância (IFAN) won the , awarded by the Abring Foundation to highlight experiences that enhance Brazilian children’s quality of life.
Read thenews (in Dutch) from our partner DaalAdvies, responsible for the Samenspel project in the Netherlands.
Read the latest from Hand in Hand as the new school year begins for their mixed intakes of children from Jewish and Arab communities.
The thanks from President Bush for a copy of their book, Three Faces of Monotheism.in Jerusalem share
The Consultative Group on Early Childhood Development has released its latest(pdf), entitled Funding the Future: Strategies for Early Childhood Investment, Costing and Financing.
The latest edition of DECET's(pdf) is now available, including the latest from partners in France, Belgium, Ireland and Greece. DECET stands for Diversity in Early Childhood Education and Training.
Twelve researchers on peer relations between young children are currently meeting in Portugal under the auspices of the foundation's "Community of Reflection and Practice: The Social Lives of Young Children". Readers may be interested in their background thoughts for the meeting and biographical details (pdf).
The Financial Times recently ran aon the work of the Global Fund for Children, whose Under Eight initiative is supported by the foundation.