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
The latest in our series of working papers is now available. "Is everybody ready? Readiness, transition and continuity: Reflections and moving forward" considers ways to tackle early drop-out and under-achievement at school through improving transitions from both home and early childhood programmes, and how schools can improve provision for 6-8 year olds.
The Caribbean Child Support Initiative research project. Read more about the AIID's study (pdf).is conducting a longitudinal impact evaluation of the Roving Caregivers programme funded by the foundation in St Lucia, and elsewhere in the Caribbean, as part of the
Published by thewith financial support from the foundation, the latest in a series of "Building blocks: Africa wide briefing notes" is now available, entitled (downloads as a pdf). The 40-page note identifies issues, principles and strategies both for care and treatment of young children with HIV and addressing the broader developmental needs of children affected by the pandemic.
The Family Literacy Project in Durban, South Africa, has been selected as one of six "Breakthrough Ideas in Education" by (free registration required), a website which aims to enable educators from around the world to share information, knowledge and ideas.
Read a review (pdf) of the activities of the in 2006, including winning the Yigal Alon prize for contributions to the advancement of education towards democracy and peace in Israel. The Adam Institute implements the Building Blocks of Democracy project, part of the foundation's respect for diversity portfolio.
Read the latest newsletter from foundation partner , including a report on last month's "WOW! this is big" exhibition.
Foundation partner newsletter (pdf), detailing the latest work of member organisations around Europe in promoting respect for diversity in early childhood education.(Diversity in Early Childhood Education and Training) has issued its latest
Centro de Criação de Imagem Popular, which implements two projects for the foundation in Brazil, has relaunched its.
The foundation's support for Moroccan partner organisation translated (pdf) the article for the benefit of non-Dutch speaking readers.is covered in this in the Dutch daily newspaper . The foundation has
Read the latest quarterly bulletin (pdf, French language) from (Alliance de Travail dans le Formation et l'Action pour l'Enfance), which runs a foundation-funded project aimed at mainstreaming preschool education and supporting parents in Morocco.