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 latest in the foundation's series of working papers looks at the situation of young children in South America's largest economy. Early Childhood in Brazil: General overview and current issues identifies examples of good practice and discusses the obstacles in taking them to scale.
The Active Nurturing Playground project, funded by the foundation and implemented by Israeli partner Processes of Change Undergone by Educators in the Haredi Community (pdf, 0.8mb)., trains kindergarten staff to address developmental difficulties among young children in the Haredi (ultra-Orthodox) community. Download the findings of in-depth qualitative research into the project,
Aleh, a foundation partner in Israel,on its website the continuing Community Awareness Workshop Program funded with foundation support - including workshops on infant massage, ADHD, early awareness, and home and school.
Foundation partner More details (pdf, Dutch)., which implements the Social Inclusion and Respect for Diversity agenda in the Netherlands and across Europe, is organising a day for the Dutch childcare and education sector on 22 October 2007, with special guest Glenda MacNaughton.
The monthly lifestyle magazine of the article (pdf) describes how the BLMJ, which this year celebrates its 15th birthday, seeks to foster understanding and cooperation between Jews, Arabs and Christians through its museum displays and educational outreach efforts., "Essence", has published a feature on foundation partner the Bible Lands Museum in Jerusalem. The
The foundation is pleased to announce the first issue in a new series of publications, Early Childhood in Focus (ECiF), a collaboration with The Open University. This issue, entitled Attachment Relationships: Quality of care for young children deals with attachment theory and research.
My Living Positively Handbook, the fruits of a collaboration between the foundation and Duke University's Centre for Documentary Studies, is now available in English, Xhosa and Zulu from the Children's Rights Centre press release (pdf) gives background information on how Sarah Leeper's time as a Hine Fellow led to the creation of the handbook.(follow the "publications" link). The handbook gives young children age-appropriate advice on living with HIV. This
The foundation's latest annual report, covering 2006, is now available. It features an essay on the foundation's two key advocacy messages for the issue area Successful transitions.
On September 24, leaders in science, policymaking, advocacy and implementation will convene at Harvard Medical School for a one-day internationalto explore new directions in the global response to HIV/AIDS and children, organised by the foundation-funded Joint Learning Initiative on Children and AIDS ( ).