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 Monduli Pastoralist Development Initiative collaborates with families, communities and service providers in improving care for young pastoralist children in Tanzania. Read more about the context, methodology and challenges of their work in this report (pdf, 1.6mb) - summary (pdf, 799kb), prepared for BvLF by AMANI.
The firstare coming in from around the world in response to the first stage of the international campaign: "How do we want to raise our children?", run by the (MINE) and the . For further information aboput the campaign and how you can join the debate, see the .
BvLF partner(Association des Collectifs Enfants Parents Professionnels) asks you to join them in a campaign against proposals in France to create a national register tracking behaviour in young children which could be considered as indicators of future delinquency. (in French) from ACEPP's website.
A new issue of the Bernard van Leer Foundation's journal, Early Childhood Matters, is now available. Guest-edited by Nigel Cantwell, this edition of ECM looks at the issue of children without parental care, with articles from Canada, Cambodia, Thailand, Guatemala, Tunisia and South Africa.
The result of a collaboration between BvLF partners Les Amis du Furet, l'Ecole Santé Social du Sud Est, l'Association des Collectifs Enfants Parents Professionnels and author Michel Vandenbroeck, French-language publication- about bringing up children to accept and cherish diversity - is now available to be ordered.
Our latest working paper is now available to order or download. In Globalisation and privatisation: The impact on childcare policy and practice, Michel Vandenbroeck of Ghent University looks at how our views about children, parents and public services have changed as a result of globalisation and privatisation in the last two decades, both globally and with particular reference to the example of Belgium.
South African partner Early Learning Resource Unit () was chosen by as one of its five official poverty eradication organisations for the campaign. The campaign raised over ZAR 30,000 (EUR 4,000) for ELRU and is still open for donations.
The Bernard van Leer Foundation is changing the way it approaches grantmaking in early childhood. For the coming years, the foundation will focus on three issue areas: strengthening the care environment, successful transitions and social inclusion/respect for diversity. Read more
The third of four BvLF-funded workshops on psychosocial support for young children living in communities affected by HIV/AIDS was held in Abuja, Nigeria, this month. The workshop, on findings and field applications, is part of an effort to raise young children up the international HIV/AIDS agenda ahead of the XVI International AIDS conference in Toronto in 2006. Read more