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

Small children, big cities: ECM launched today, Webinar December 9th 28-11-2014

ECM 123 coverYou can now downloadread on issuu or order your free printed copy of the latest edition of Early Childhood Matters, on the theme of Small children, big cities.

We are also pleased to invite you to a webinar, on December 9th, featuring three authors of articles from this edition: see further details and register now to book your place.

BvLF presents: ‘Small Children, Big Cities’ conference in New Delhi 26-11-2014

On 28-29 November 2014 the conference ‘Small Children, Big Cities’ will take place in New Delhi, India, hosted by the Bernard van Leer Foundation in partnership with Ministry of Urban Development, National Institute of Urban Affairs and School of Planning and Architecture, New Delhi. National Institute of Urban Affairs (NIUA) is the lead partner for organizing this conference.
Participants will address the question of how city governments and local stakeholders can best contribute to the task of building sustainable and inclusive cities from the perspective of young children. Read more

#Bringingfathersin: Helping global activists to embrace "dad power" 19-11-2014

The Fatherhood Institute and MenCare are launching Bringing Fathers In (developed with BvLF support), a series of practical resources to help health, education and social care professionals, policy makers, programme managers and designers, researchers and evaluators across the world work in ways that build on dads’ vital role in improving children’s outcomes. Read more

BvLF sponsors Dutch kids science programme 'Full Proof' 11-11-2014

From Saturday November 15 a new series of ‘Full Proof’ – a science programme for children, sponsored by the Bernard van Leer Foundation – will be broadcast on Dutch television. On TV, science is often practised by men in a laboratory wearing white coats. Full Proof is different; it goes outside and lets children themselves explain the experiments. Read more

Blog - Leverage: Just Another Fancy Word? 27-10-2014

'If foundations are serious about leveraging resources for the greatest good, they need to hone every dimension of their own management.' - Michael Feigelson, Interim Executive Director of the Bernard van Leer Foundation (Stanford Social Innovation Review, 10 October 2014)

Read Michael Feigelson's blog about leverage on Stanford Social Innovation Review.

How Brad Pitt brings out the best in dads 13-10-2014

'A few years ago in Riga, Latvia, I noticed something that surprised me: lots of men pushing prams. You’d expect this in Sweden but not so much in the former Soviet Union.
It signalled a trend: the rise of the global father. Around the world, in some very unlikely countries, men are taking a bigger role in childrearing (from a low base). Rather than the end of men, this is their reinvention...'
- Simon Kuper (FT Magazine, 10 October 2014)

Read the complete article by Simon Kuper - with contribution of the Bernard van Leer Foundation - on 'FT Magazine'.

Saving Brains: 11 new projects to save brains of children in developing countries 08-10-2014

Grand Challenges Canada, funded by the Government of Canada, welcomes three new partners to the Saving Brains Grand Challenge: Aga Khan Foundation Canada, Norlien Foundation and World Vision Canada. These organizations strengthen the existing partnership with the Bernard van Leer Foundation, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and the Maria Cecilia Souto Vidigal Foundation.
The news coincides with an announcement of more than $2.9 million in funding for 11 new bold ideas aimed at improving the early brain development of infants and children in low-resource countries. Read more

Pratham Books wins two Publishing Next Industry Awards! 24-09-2014

Pratham Books wins two Publishing Next Industry AwardsGreat news! Pratham Books won two awards at the Publishing Next conference in Goa, India. They won the Digital Book of the Year Award for Too Much Noise and the Publishing Innovation of the Year Award for their Adikahani series - a set of 10 story books and four story cards in tribal languages (Saura, Munda, Kui and Juanga), supported by the Bernard van Leer Foundation. The Adikahani series marks the beginning of a journey where as a publisher Pratham Books does not only publish in Indian languages but also the first books for children in tribal languages that have no body of printed literature and some don't even have a commonly accepted script. Read more

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