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

Polish preschools project wins recognition 22-04-2008

The Comenius Foundation's project Where There Are No Preschools: Promoting Pre-school Education in Rural Areas has won first prize in the Pro Publico Bono Competition, which supports the development of civil society in Poland, for the Best Civil Initiative in Education. Read more about the award here and more about the project here.

"Business Champions" invited to The Hague 18-04-2008

To be held in The Hague on April 22nd and 23rd, Business Champions for Early Child Development (pdf) is the first event in a new initiative, co-organised with the Committee for Economic Development and the Wolfensohn Center for Development at the Brookings Institution, which seeks to bring the importance of early child development to the forefront of international economic debates. Read more

New blog on children's issues in Chiapas 18-04-2008

Melel Xojobal, a longstanding partner of the foundation which works to improve the opportunities of young children from indigenous communities in Chiapas, Mexico, has started a new blog (in Spanish).

Ezer Mizion wins Israel Prize 09-04-2008

Congratulations to foundation partner Ezer Mizion, which along with several other organisations has won the prestigious Israel Prize. The judges commended Ezer Mizion for being "a model and exemplar of dedication, the volunteering spirit, and compassion". For further details see the announcement on Ezer Mizion's website.

Libération covers Eurochips event 08-04-2008

French newspaper Libération covers the event held by foundation partner Eurochips featuring the art of children whose parents are imprisoned.

Change in leadership at the Foundation 04-04-2008

The Bernard van Leer Foundation is to appoint a new Executive Director as Peter Laugharn, who has led the Foundation since 2002, moves on to take charge of the US-based Firelight Foundation. Click here (pdf) for more details in a communication from Trude Maas de-Brouwer, Chair of the Foundation's Board of Trustees.

Caribbean Child Support Initiative's new website 02-04-2008

Check out the new website of the Caribbean Child Support Initiative (CCSI). As the CCSI's announcement (pdf) outlines, this new site provides insight into the CCSI work programme and the outputs and outcomes of their partnerships across the region.

Progress in education for Tanzanian pastoralists 02-04-2008

Monduri Pastoralist Development Initiatives implements the Strengthening ECE of Young Pastoralist Children project for the foundation in Tanzania. This presentation (pdf) to a recent regional conference gives a summary of progress.

A model for costing ECCE expansion 31-03-2008

Now available: a new working paper, entitled Expanding early childhood care and education: How much does it cost? Authors Jan van Ravens and Carlos Aggio propose a methodology to estimate the costs of early childhood care and education at macro-level, and apply it to the Arab States.NB: you can also download the Excel document referenced in the text.

Final report on Bedouin playgrounds project 31-03-2008

The community educational activity center program implemented by Israel-based partner NISPED is here described in a report (pdf) which looks at how community playgrounds for Bedouin children were established over the last two years and at the prospects for sustainability.

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