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
This ten-minute video shows children enjoying the facilities at the newly-opened kindergarten of our partner Marcaz Beth Jacob in Israel.
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.
Foundation partner the Maasai AIDS Awareness Programme, which implements the Orphans and Vulnerable Children Care and Support project in the Kaijado district of Kenya, has a new giving details of their activities.
The latest edition of the foundation's journal, Early Childhood Matters, tackles the complex topic of what constitutes quality in early childhood programmes and how such programmes can lay the foundations for quality primary education.
Foundation partnerhas produced a (pdf) entitled Young children and their services: developing a European approach which aims to stimulate a democratic dialogue about the need for a Europe-wide political approach to services for young children.
Wona Sanana, a partner of the foundation in Mozambique, has launched a new.
Early childhood in the Caribbean, a new working paper based on research by Christine Barrow, looks at the development and socialisation of children under 5 years of age in two Caribbean countries, Trinidad and Tobago and Dominica.
A visit of children from Israeli Ultra-Orthodox communities to the eponymous kindergarten centre of the project A Kindergarten Centre for Charedi Children, implemented by the foundation's partner Mercaz Beth Jacob, was the subject of a detailed description in the Hamodia newspaper of 20 March; read our translation (pdf) into English, and view images of the newly-opened centre (1 - 2 - 3).
A new edition of Early Childhood in Focus, a collaboration between the Foundation and the Open University, surveys the theory and evidence surrounding what makes for positive identity and how it can be affected by diversity, adversity and discrimination. Order your free printed copy of Developing Positive Identities: Young Children and Diversity or download the pdf.