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
DAVOS, Switzerland – Saturday, 26 January 2013 –– At an event organized by The Bernard van Leer Foundation, twenty global leaders including Geraldine Chin Moody, board member of UN Women Australia, Vidar Jorgensen, president of Grameen America, and Princess Mabel van Oranje, founding CEO of The Elders, gathered to demonstrate their resolve to end violence in the lives of young children.
The first meeting of the Transatlantic Forum on Inclusive Early Years will take place from 21-23 January 2013 in Ghent, Belgium. This invite only event is about Quality Early Childhood Services for All: Addressing Disparities in Access for Children from Migrant and Low-Income Families.
The Transatlantic Forum on Inclusive Early Years is an initiative of the King Baudouin Foundation together with nine different partner foundations from both Europe and the United States - amongst them the Bernard van Leer Foundation, de LEGO Foundation and the Migration Policy Institute - bringing together leading scientists, practitioners, civil society members, business leaders and political decision-makers.
Our Program Director Michael Feigelson responds to Obama's proposal today to curb violence.
We are interested in what your thoughts are on this on-going debate on violence in young children's lives. Please follow us @HugKids and join the conversation #hugkids
Kindergarten/Preschool Educators Invited to Enroll in a Free Online Course in English or in Spanish
Registration deadline extended to February 15, 2013!
Within the framework ISSA's Principles for Quality Pedagogy, the course consists of 12 modules which will help teachers become more intentional and reflective in their teaching.
Visit the site for more info.
On January 16th the first ‘Peutercollege’ (college for toddlers) in the Netherlands will be opened in Rotterdam by the mayor Ahmed Aboutaleb. 'Het Peutercollege' gives 2- and 3-year-old kids in Rotterdam the opportunity to develop themselves to the maximum. The 2-year-olds follow a 5 day-part and the 3-year-olds a 9 day-part course, which is high-quality and age-specific and has a value of 7650 euro’s on a yearly basis. Investing in these young children will lay a good basis for success in the future. This great initiative is funded by the Bernard van Leer Foundation and Foundation De Verre Bergen.
The importance of culture change in violence against children is highlighted by Michael J. Feigelson, BvLF's programme director in a recent letter to FT.com
Mr Weisberg’s call for a public health approach to gun violence (Bloomberg shows the way on gun control ) will help make things better but, paired with a culture change strategy, we can do even more to honour the victims of Newtown and the 3,000 American kids killed by gun violence every year... read on FT.com
Please note that the Bernard van Leer Foundation office will be closed during the Holiday season. We are back in the office again on Wednesday January 2nd, 2013.
We wish you a very merry Christmas and a happy New Year!
One thing needs to be said before we start off this week: our thoughts are with the parents, families, relatives and friends of the innocent victims of the needless tragedy at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut.
The Global Fund for Children has been selected as the featured charity for the Financial Times 2012 Seasonal Appeal. It was chosen by staff vote out of hundreds of applicants because of its unwavering dedication to transform the lives of the world's most vulnerable children.
The Financial Times will run twice-weekly editorials to raise the visibility of vulnerable children and the grassroots organizations that defend their rights.
The Bernard van Leer Foundation is pleased to be supporting the Why Poverty? Campaign, which is launching around the world this week with films intended to provoke viewers to ask the question: Why Poverty? We would like you to be part of this campaign. Please watch the films we’ve selected that stress the issues of poverty and young children, and share them with others.