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

Covering the Syrian Refugee Crisis – highlights from the Dart journalism training workshop in Amman

Published February 14, 2019

UNHCR tells us that more than 5.6 million people have fled Syria since the onset of the civil war in 2011, seeking safety in neighbouring countries and beyond. An estimated… Read more

Reflections on the Urban95 Expert Assembly

Published February 4, 2019

Last autumn the Bernard van Leer Foundation gathered a group of experts in the fields of early childhood development, mobility, transportation safety, public space, urban form, recreation, and air quality… Read more

The Effects of Transportation on Early Childhood Development

Published January 30, 2019

If you were in Los Angeles one morning last September, you might have noticed small groups of adults making their way downtown on foot while pushing empty strollers or carrying… Read more

The Need to Double Down

Published November 15, 2018
Early learning and nurturing care for children displaced by conflict and persecution - Early Childhood Matters 2017

Read Michael Feigelson and Elvira Thissen's contribution to 'Finding, Funding, and Scaling' winter supplement of the Stanford Social Innovation Review, writing about The MacArthur Foundation’s 100&Change process and its effect on… Read more

Walking the city at 95cm high

Published November 2, 2018

During the week of October 15th, the city of Bogotá was host to the urban walkability event Walk21. It included a series of panels and workshops on how to encourage… Read more

How to bridge the gap between pilot and policy? - highlights from the Istanbul95 ‘Urban Playspaces Conference’

Published October 31, 2018
How to bridge the gap between pilot and policy? - highlights from the Istanbul95 ‘Urban Playspaces Conference’

On 21-22 September 2018, artists, politicians, architects, and academics got together to discuss how to make space for children to play in the city during the Istanbul95 Urban Playspaces Conference. Read more

What Johannesburg could look like for parents and children

Published October 26, 2018

We live in Orange Grove in Johannesburg, where the sound of charismatic Ethiopian churches on Louis Botha Avenue mixes with the incessant hooting of mini-bus taxis and the acoustic guitar… Read more

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