Read about the Foundation’s work in 2020

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Early Childhood Matters 2020

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Designing Streets for Kids

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An Urban95 Starter Kit - ideas for action

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

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Coalitions that care: New case studies on breakthrough early childhood policy achievements

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New guide for designing for Early Childhood in vulnerable urban contexts

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Annual Report 2019

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News & Blogs

New guidance for cities on cycling for babies, toddlers and caregivers

Published May 5, 2021

Cycling Cities for Infants, Toddlers, and Caregivers is a new publication of BYCS, an Amsterdam-based social enterprise, and the Bernard van Leer Foundation. The 37-page paper sets out the benefits… Read more

10 design elements help women to make informed breastfeeding decisions

Published April 30, 2021

The World Health Organization advises mothers to exclusively breastfeed their newborn babies for at least 6 months. In the Netherlands, a recent assessment of breastfeeding practices showed that 69% of… Read more

Research tells the stories of caregiver experiences in Pune and Istanbul

Published April 26, 2021

Supporting urban childhoods explores caregiver use of public spaces in Pune (India) and Istanbul (Turkey). Using observation as the primary tool, it contains spatial knowledge on how young children and… Read more

Read about the Foundation’s work in 2020

Published April 20, 2021

Available in a new online format, the Bernard van Leer Foundation’s Annual Report 2020 features stories from our work – including how we adapted to support the needs of infants,… Read more

New partnership launched with Addis Ababa

Published March 30, 2021

Earlier this week the city government of Addis Ababa formally launched a new early years initiative – Children: The Future Hope of Addis Ababa – in partnership with the Bernard… Read more

New publication launched with Arup: The Proximity of Care Design Guide

Published March 22, 2021

Last week the Bernard van Leer Foundation and Arup launched the Proximity of Care Design Guide, developed to support the design and implementation of cost-effective interventions that improve the living… Read more