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

Spanish partner wins UNICEF recognition 17-12-2007

Foundation partner Preescolar na Casa has been recognised (pdf, Spanish) by UNICEF for their work with parents and young children in rural areas of Galicia during the last 30 years.

Photos help Brazilian fathers to stay close 16-12-2007

For Portuguese-speaking readers, this newspaper article (pdf) from Sao Paolo describes the work of foundation-funded Hine Fellow Emma Raynes with foundation partner Centro Popular de Cultura e Desenvolvimento on helping fathers who work far from home to maintain bonds with their children. Emma's translation of the article is here. More about Emma's work on her website.

Kenya partner's new website 11-12-2007

The Kenya Community Development Foundation, which operates the foundation-funded project Capacity Building and Early Childhood Development has a new website.

Evaluation of Multicultural Kindergarten work 10-12-2007

Now available from Venezia Institute for Differences and Multiculturalism, read an evaluation report (pdf) on work with teachers in Southern Tel Aviv as part of the Developing a Multicultural Kindergarten Educational Environment project.

ECM on the care environment 29-11-2007

The latest edition of the foundation's biannual journal, Early Childhood Matters, is now available. After previous editions on the foundation's other issue areas, this is devoted to strengthening the young child's care environment.

Translations of Young Children and HIV 22-11-2007

Now available courtesy of AIDS Alliance, French and Portuguese translations of the foundation-supported Building Blocks material Young Children and HIV (all links to pdf documents).

A letter to George 19-11-2007

Courtesy of Israel's Venezia Institute, an uplifting story from a kindergarten teacher who was able to make use of her training in Multicultural Education in Early Childhood when an Arab-speaking child joined her Hebrew-dominated kindergarten class. See also the letter referred to in the teacher's story (both pdf files).

Negev educational centre opens 18-11-2007

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.

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