Blog

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

Winning the Hero Award

Published July 6, 2016
Winning the Hero Award - Blog - Bernard van Leer Foundation

I am Rupak Kumar Gouda, a 17-year-old child leader from Humara Bachpan Campaign. We are a child-led movement of 35,500 children who advocate for better living conditions in low income… Read more

Time to Think Scale

Published June 30, 2016

In Jamaica, over 90% of 3-5 year olds regularly play, read, or sing songs with an adult in their household and over 80% of them have access to pre-school, sowing… Read more

The Baby Project

Published June 2, 2016
The Baby Project - Blog - Bernard van Leer Foundation

The largest part of children’s brain development takes place in the first year after birth – a fact of which much of the Dutch population is unaware. The architecture of… Read more

The Early Childhood Workforce Gains Global Attention

Published May 24, 2016
The Early Childhood Workforce Gains Global Attention - Blog - Bernard van Leer Foundation

There is ample evidence that the key to quality in early childhood programs are the interactions between children and the important adults in their lives, including the teachers and other… Read more

How I realised the importance of investing in early childhood

Published October 1, 2015

I am a businessman and member of Peru 2021, a non-profit civil association led by socially committed entrepreneurs to promote corporate social responsibility. A growing number of businesses in Peru… Read more

10 tips for telling the child development story in Brazil

Published September 1, 2015
Blog - 10 tips for telling the child development story in Brazil - Bernard van Leer Foundation

When we at FMCSV (Maria Cecília Souto Vidigal Foundation) and partners began our early childhood development initiative Núcleo Ciência Pela Infância (Center for Science of Early Childhood) in 2011, we… Read more

Helping children and families “Reach Up”: a new training package to support parents

Published August 18, 2015
Blog - Helping children and families “Reach Up”: a new training package to support parents - Bernard van Leer Foundation

There has been substantial progress in universal primary education since the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) were established in 2000. Globally, the numbers of children entering primary school are increasing. At… Read more

Engaging fathers and empowering mothers in Turkey

Published August 6, 2015
Blog - Engaging fathers and empowering mothers in Turkey - Bernard van Leer Foundation

Earlier this summer, Father’s Day provided an opportunity to get the Turkish media talking about what role fathers should play in the upbringing of their children. Media outlets reaching all… Read more

Securing the foundation for sustainable development: towards a new era for young children and families

Published August 3, 2015
Blog - Securing the foundation for sustainable development: towards a new era for young children and families - Bernard van Leer Foundation

Research on early development and recognition of the roots of inequality grew during the 1950s and early 1960s. In 1966, The Bernard van Leer Foundation funded its first major project… Read more

A new tool to help funders coordinate and grow early childhood investments in East Africa

Published July 23, 2015
Blog - A new tool to help funders coordinate and grow early childhood investments in East Africa - Bernard van Leer Foundation

Coordinating investments is a challenge all funders face. How do we avoid duplicating investments in some areas while other areas are overlooked and underfunded? How do we identify potential synergies… Read more