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

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.

Hand-in-Hand plans first Arab Jewish high school 06-03-2008

Read the latest news  from Hand-in-Hand director Amin Khalaf about the foundation partner's progress in popularising Arab-Jewish education in Israel, including plans for the world’s first bilingual Arab-Jewish high school.

February newsletter from DECET 19-02-2008

Read the latest from DECET (Diversity in Early Childhood Education and Training) in their February newsletter (pdf).

Children of imprisoned parents in the news 18-02-2008

The issue championed by foundation partner EUROCHIPS received news coverage recently when Scotland's commissioner for children and young people released a report describing children of imprisoned parents as "invisible victims of crime" whose rights and needs are ignored when sentencing decisions are made.

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