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

The role of journalists in highlighting early childhood solutions

Published July 30, 2018

In late June, when the press was talking about toxic stress and the long-lasting negative impacts of separating children from their parents with regard to US border policy, a diverse… Read more

Mobility for Young Children – Urban95 at MOBILIZE Dar-es-Salaam

Published July 18, 2018

“We have to plan our cities for all, including the disabled, the old, children, but also babies and those who care for them” – this is how Heather Thompson, Interim… Read more

Towards nurturing care so all children thrive: Introducing Early Childhood Matters 2018

Published June 28, 2018

With the publication of Early Childhood Matters this week, we celebrate the importance of nurturing care and call upon world leaders everywhere to assure that all young children survive and… Read more

Urban95 in Tel Aviv: a perspective from Latin America

Published June 19, 2018

Urban95 fits well in Tel Aviv. As stated in his welcoming speech by Mr. Menachem Lieba, Director General of the municipal government, Urban95 is not a programme or a project,… Read more

Urban95 in Tel Aviv: a desire for continual improvement

Published June 8, 2018

On a recent study tour to Tel Aviv, we struck up a conversation with a father who was with his three-year-old daughter. Without telling him who we were or why… Read more

A call for new thinking on play safety around the world

Published May 28, 2018

Playgrounds have for decades been shaped by a zero risk mindset, with, any injury seen as a sign of failure. But things are changing, in what the New York Times… Read more

Our campaign to make Turin a healthy and playable city

Published May 8, 2018

On 23 May, the cheARIArespiro project – a winner of the Bernard van Leer Foundation’s Urban95 Challenge – will present findings and recommendations from our recent project in the Vanchiglia… Read more

Latin American city leaders discuss Urban95 for Harvard course

Published March 16, 2018
Latin American city leaders discuss Urban95 for Harvard course

The Executive Leadership Course in Early Childhood Development will run for its seventh edition at Harvard University this year. Ten representatives from the Latin American cities where the Bernard van… Read more

How can we take care of our children in a city?

Published February 27, 2018

Child rearing is one of the most difficult but loving and fulfilling tasks in the world: feeding, cleaning, playing, stimulating, educating, carrying, healing when they are sick, and the list… Read more

Supporting parents to keep their children’s weight healthy: An interview with Linda Leijdekker

Published February 15, 2018
Parents+ Convening Amsterdam - Bernard van Leer Foundation

Late in 2017, we gathered experts from 17 countries in Amsterdam to explore best practices in coaching parents on child development, part of our Parents+ programme, which bundles parent support… Read more