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

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

Oasis Game in Brazil sheds light on children’s vulnerable situation

Published February 14, 2018
Oasis Game in Brazil sheds light on children’s vulnerable situation - Blog - Urban95 Challenge

“We want to take care of the toy library, we need adults to trust us, everywhere we go there is an adult talking about what we need to do. To… Read more

Growing up in the city: Putting children first creates cities for all

Published February 5, 2018

A child-friendly city is a city for everyone, young and old. This is because a place that works for children needs to be walkable, safe, green, and rich in opportunities… Read more

Nurturing care: the role of the education sector

Published January 22, 2018
Photo: Oded Antman / Bernard van Leer Foundation

A new year brings predictions. Here is mine: in 2018 the momentum around early childhood development will continue to build. No surprise, given the growing evidence about the importance of… Read more