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

Training for Turkish women microentrepreneurs 04-08-2008

Former foundation partner KEDV is now helping young children through training Turkish women in microentrepreneurship skills, with the support of Citibank.

Annual Report for 2007 02-08-2008

The Bernard van Leer Foundation's Annual Report for 2007 is now available, featuring an in-depth look at public policy advocacy activities and new updates on the effectiveness of selected previous grantmaking.

EUROCHIPS art exhibit wins new converts 22-07-2008

EUROCHIPS email with a positive update on the exhibition of art by children's prisoners held in Paris in March, and covered by Libération: "subsequently exhibited in the lobby of the Justice Ministry/Prison Administration Building... All in all, it has been a great success, with a snowball effect: a small paints workshop for children waiting to see their imprisoned parents has been set up in one Paris prison. The director has agreed to transmit the drawings regularly to the parents; and to exhibit the works inside the prison and during the special extended visits for the end of the year holidays and Father’s Day."

Towards making a difference in diversity 08-07-2008

Read Jacqueline Hayden's keynote presentation to the Diversity in Early Childhood Education and Training (DECET) Conference in Brussels, Towards making a difference: Promoting social inclusion and respect for diversity. Dr Hayden manages the Bernard van Leer Foundation's Social inclusion and respect for diversity programme.

Latest on Jewish-Arab education project 03-07-2008

Read the latest newsletter (pdf) from our Israeli partner Hagar: Jewish-Arab Bilingual Education for Equality.

Views of Tanzanian children 30-06-2008

Newly published by Research on Poverty Alleviation (REPOA), Tanzanian Children's Perceptions of Education and their Role in Society (pdf) provides valuable current context for the work of our Tanzanian partners.

Democracy in Israeli kindergartens 24-06-2008

The Adam Institute's Building Blocks of Democracy project on introducing democracy to the kindergarten featured recently in a Hebrew-language magazine. An English language translation (pdf) is also available.

A review of early childhood transitions research 17-06-2008

The latest in the foundation's working paper series, Early childhood transitions research: A review of concepts, theory, and practice by Pia Vogler, Gina Crivello and Martin Woodhead is now available.

Video of children at Mercaz Beth Jacob 10-06-2008

This ten-minute video shows children enjoying the facilities at the newly-opened kindergarten of our partner Marcaz Beth Jacob in Israel.

Announcement of interim executive director 05-06-2008

The Board of Trustees is very pleased to announce that Monique van 't Hek will serve as interim Executive Director after Peter Laugharn's departure  as Executive Director in July 2008. Ms Van 't Hek, who has broad experience in managing non-profit and international development organisations, has already started working alongside Peter Laugharn in order to ensure a smooth transition. She will head the foundation until January 2009, when a new Executive Director is expected to take the helm.

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