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
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.
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