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
Pictured here are children attending the opening ceremony of a new educational activity centre located at Kaser Alseh in the Negev, Israel. Opened with foundation support by the Arab Jewish Centre for Equality, Empowerment and Cooperation - part of foundation partner NISPED - the centre is aimed at improving opportunities in life for disadvantaged young children from Bedouin villages. Read the background to the centre's opening.
Read summaries of all three of our internal framework documents, laying out the foundation's thinking and approach in the three issue areas in which we work: Strengthening the care environment; Successful transitions: the continuum from home to school; and Social inclusion and respect for diversity.
On November 16, Amal Elsana Alh'jooj of foundation partner NISPED will be honoured by Seeking Common Ground at their second annual Circles of Changein Denver, Colorado. That evening, Amal and colleague Vivian Silver will be in Beverly Hills, California, on the subject Sharing the Same Space: A Common Vision for Jews and Arab-Bedouin in Israel’s Negev.
Read the latest newsletter (pdf) from our Israeli partner Hagar Jewish-Arab Education for Equality, detailing progress with Jewish-Arab pre-schools for the 2007-2008 school year.
Our partner Bambini Senza Sbarre has translated the editions of the foundation's journal, Early Childhood Matters, on the subjects of and . The translated versions are available for a small fee.
The Bernard van Leer Foundation is recruiting for three positions: Manager of our Monitoring and Evaluation, Studies and Information Management (MESI) unit; Studies Officer; and Liaison Officer, Public Policy. Please follow the links for further details, including instructions on how to apply. The deadline for applications is November 6th.
The second issue of Early Childhood in Focus, entitled Early Childhood and Primary Education: Transitions in the lives of young children, deals with the global challenges of education for all. A collaboration between the foundation and the Open University, ECiF sets out clear messages from academic research to inform rights-based policy advocacy on behalf of young children.
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.