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

New ECiF on Developing Positive Identities 22-04-2008

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.

Polish preschools project wins recognition 22-04-2008

The Comenius Foundation's project Where There Are No Preschools: Promoting Pre-school Education in Rural Areas has won first 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 here and more about the project here.

"Business Champions" invited to The Hague 18-04-2008

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 Committee for Economic Development and the Wolfensohn Center for Development at the Brookings Institution, which seeks to bring the importance of early child development to the forefront of international economic debates. Read more

New blog on children's issues in Chiapas 18-04-2008

Melel Xojobal, 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 blog (in Spanish).

Ezer Mizion wins Israel Prize 09-04-2008

Congratulations to foundation partner Ezer Mizion, which along with several other organisations has won the prestigious Israel Prize. The judges commended Ezer Mizion for being "a model and exemplar of dedication, the volunteering spirit, and compassion". For further details see the announcement on Ezer Mizion's website.

Libération covers Eurochips event 08-04-2008

French newspaper Libération covers the event held by foundation partner Eurochips featuring the art of children whose parents are imprisoned.

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.

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