Read the selected insights, thoughts and experiences of our staff and partners.

How can our cities be better prepared for epidemics?

Published September 25, 2020

The coronavirus pandemic has forced us to rethink economies, delivery of social benefits, business models, and even the way we work and live. It is time to think about how… Read more

We must prevent a post-COVID 'carmageddon'. Here's how

Published September 7, 2020

We live in turbulent times. The gap between the world we want and the world we see feels simultaneously closer and more distant. COVID-19 represents an unparalleled global public health… Read more

What have our 50 years of experience in Early Childhood taught us about scaling?

Published August 14, 2020

A few ideas and lessons learned from Bernard van Leer Foundation’s experience. Read more

Young Explorers (the making of): How video can encourage empathy for toddlers

Published June 23, 2020
Young Explorers (The making of): How video can encourage empathy for toddlers

A deeper look at the Young Explorers short film project reveals some larger questions about how we view early childhood, and the power of film in bringing those questions to… Read more

Resources for Caregivers and Practitioners Caring for Babies and Toddlers During Covid-19

Published May 1, 2020

A selection of ideas and resources for people caring for babies and toddlers, and for programs that are seeking to adapt the way they support families during this time of… Read more

5 key takeaways from the Urban95 Festival

Published March 13, 2020

On December 2, 2019, over seventy city leaders, planners, designers and thinkers from around the world committed to making cities better for babies, toddlers and caregivers, gathered in Rotterdam for… Read more

Walking with Amadou: Creative Advocacy to Improve Dakar's Urban Environment for Children Ages 0–3

Published February 20, 2020

Inspired by the Bernard Van Leer Foundation's Urban95 project, ImagiNation Afrika wondered what it would be like to see Dakar from the point of view of a 3-year-old. Armed with… Read more

Empathy tools for urban leaders and designers

Published December 2, 2019
empathy tools

For Urban95, everything starts with empathy and data. One of the first challenges is that urban planners and designers don’t necessarily see or think about the particular needs of young… Read more

Helping families in Lima to reclaim public spaces

Published May 22, 2019

After a recent workshop, the Bernard van Leer Foundation’s Urban95 programme is making progress in sparking the transformation of public spaces across Lima, helping to reclaim them for young children… Read more

Introducing and sustaining learning landscapes in urban environments

Published May 21, 2019

Early childhood is a critical stage for healthy brain development. While good public policy and public health have important roles to play in improving outcomes, architect Itai Palti, director of… Read more