Annual Report 2021

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30 cities form the first cohort of the Urban95 Academy

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Early Childhood Matters 2021

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Giving our youngest generation a voice in COP26 climate conversations

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Taking a collective breath: highlights from the Urban95 Convening on clean air

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Share your favourite public places for babies and toddlers

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Read about the Foundation’s work in 2020

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Covid-19 crisis: how leaders can support babies, toddlers and the people who care for them

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News & Blogs

Encouraging Arab families in Jaffa to read with their toddlers

Published August 15, 2022

An evaluation of the Jaffa Reads initiative, supported by the Bernard van Leer Foundation's Urban95 programme in Tel Aviv-Yafo, shows that it has been effective in encouraging Arab families to… Read more

São Paulo families get new play spaces and safer roads

Published August 12, 2022

In two areas of São Paulo – Jardim Lapena and São Rafael – young children and caregivers are enjoying renovated public areas to play and relax. The municipality has already… Read more

Hiring: Representative India

Published July 15, 2022

We are searching for an influential and empathetic leader to be our Representative in India. This position is the main point of contact for all our partners in the country. Read more

Announcing new members of our leadership team

Published July 8, 2022

After an extensive global search, Rushda Majeed has been appointed Chief Programme Officer of the Bernard van Leer Foundation. In this role, she will oversee our programmes worldwide. Rushda joins… Read more

London becomes the classroom for the Urban95 Academy residence week

Published July 5, 2022

In May 2022, 27 committed city officials from 10 cities arrived in London to take part in five intensive days of in-person teaching, workshops and site visits during the Urban95… Read more

How cities can create “Naturalised Parks” – a guide from Brazil

Published June 24, 2022

Creating more green play spaces is a win-win for cities, benefiting both children’s development and cities’ adaptation to climate change. The Alana Institute, in partnership with Urban95 Brazil, has produced… Read more