The Bernard van Leer Foundation is a private grant-making foundation. 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 promote more cohesive, considerate and creative societies with equal opportunities and rights for all.
Latest news from the Bernard van Leer Foundation
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.
The Comenius Foundation's project Where There Are No Preschools: Promoting Pre-school Education in Rural Areas hasfirst 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 and more about the project .
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 and the at the Brookings Institution, which seeks to bring the importance of early child development to the forefront of international economic debates. Read more
, 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 (in Spanish).
Congratulations to foundation partner Ezer Mizion, which along with several other organisations has won the prestigious. The judges commended Ezer Mizion for being "a model and exemplar of dedication, the volunteering spirit, and compassion". For further details see the on Ezer Mizion's website.