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

Blog - Learnings from the "Small Children, Big Cities" conference 02-02-2015

Humara Bachpan child advocates at the conference 'Small Children, Big Cities''Rapidly urbanizing India is undergoing changes on many fronts. India has a new government. There are technological changes, policy shifts and changes in the way people think. The democratic structure of this country allows us to be more vocal about our rights and ensure that they are being upheld. But there are many who are not even aware of their fundamental rights. I find myself wondering why they have been neglected for so long when they form the bulk of the population.'

Read the blog post written by Anoushka Gupta (student of Class XI, at the Shri Ram School, Moulsari, Gurgaon (Haryana) and volunteer for the Humara Bachpan Campaign, writing about issues of children growing up in urban poverty).

Brazil - New platform on Early Childhood launched 29-01-2015

Radar da Primeira InfanciaThe website Radar da Primeira Infância (Radar of Early Childhood) is a Brazilian platform offering qualified knowledge and updated information all related to Early Childhood. On a daily basis the ‘Radar team’ selects the best articles, reports, documents, videos, scientific research and systematic reviews available on the web about pregnancy, childbirth and children of 0-6 years, and presents this in a simple and intuitive way for its visitors. The website is an initiative of Foundation Maria Cecilia Souto Vidigal and Alfa and Beto Institute (IAB), with support from the Bernard van Leer Foundation. Read more

Documentary on the effects of violence on Brazilian children 20-01-2015

Documentary GLOBO - effects violence on Brazilian childrenLast Sunday the largest Brazilian television channel GLOBO broadcasted a documentary on the effects of violence on Brazilian children. In particular, the results of a research study carried out in Sao Paulo by the Pontifical Catholic University of Rio Grande do Sul (PUCS) were presented. This study was supported by the Bernard van Leer Foundation. The quality of the documentary and interest in the results of the study (community violence directly affects violence in the home, among others) have stimulated lots of attention among general public and the media in general. Watch the documentary (in Portugese).

NDTV Prime episode on 'Small children, big cities' 19-01-2015

NDTV prime episode 'Small children, big cities'Watch this episode of NDTV Prime about the conference ‘Small children, big cities’ organised by the Bernard van Leer Foundation and the National Institute of Urban Affairs. It discusses the issue that children are an important part of our world and yet we have left them out in the planning of our cities.

This episode of NDTV Prime shares insights of experts from across platforms and their suggestions for a better tomorrow for our children and how city leaders can best approach the task of building sustainable and inclusive cities from the perspective of young children. Watch the episode

Investing in young children for high returns - read the new World Bank report 14-01-2015

World Bank report: Stepping Up Early Childhood Development‘Investing in young children is not only the right thing to do from an ethical point of view, but it is also the smart thing to do from an economic point of view for the children, as well as for their families, their communities, and society at large.’

But even though investments in ECD projects have increased considerably in the last few years, more can and has to be done to convince policy makers and practitioners to truly place ECD policies and programs at the core of their national development strategies. This is why the World Bank has created the report ‘Stepping Up Early Childhood Development’, a simple guide for policy makers and practitioners about how to invest in young children. Bernard van Leer Foundation's Senior Advisor Joan Lombardi has contributed to the realization of this report. Read more 

Michael Feigelson appointed Executive Director of the Bernard van Leer Foundation 13-01-2015

“Throughout Michael’s career, he has been committed to improving the lives of disadvantaged children and young people. Whether as a street outreach worker on the frontlines serving homeless and working families, a McKinsey & Company consultant, or a member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on Behaviour, he has always demonstrated dedication and perseverance aimed at shaping the way in which all parts of society engage with our youngest citizens.”

Read the complete announcement from Robert Swaak, Chairman of the Foundation’s Board of Trustees.

Happy holidays! (office closed) 24-12-2014

Happy holidays!Please note that the Bernard van Leer Foundation office will be closed during the Holiday season. We are back in the office again on Friday January 2nd, 2015.

We wish you all a very merry Christmas and a happy New Year!

Video: Cuban home visiting programme ‘Educate Your Child’ 24-12-2014

Cuban home visiting programme 'Educate your child'In this video – funded by the Bernard van Leer Foundation - you learn all about the Cuban home visiting programme ‘Educa a Tu Hijo’ (Educate Your Child), one of the most successful early childhood programmes in the world that operates at national scale. The full length video can be viewed here.

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