Find out more about what we’ve achieved and learned through our work in various parts of the world.

Home visiting services scale up in Brazil

After just 18 months, home visitors from Brazil’s national Criança Feliz home visiting programme were reaching over half a million children, and more than half of all municipalities across the… Read more

Pilot for Syrian refugees wins US$100m grant

Pilot for Syrian refugees wins US$100m grant - Bernard van Leer Foundation

In 2017, the MacArthur Foundation awarded a USD 100 million grant to Sesame Workshop and the IRC for joint work in Syria, Iraq, Jordan and Lebanon. This created an exciting… Read more

Convenings bring new ideas on Urban95 and Parents+

Convenings bring new ideas on Urban95 and Parents+ - Bernard van Leer Foundation

In 2017 and 2018, we held “convenings” on our investment areas Urban95 and Parents+, bringing together a diverse range of stakeholders from the early childhood field and beyond with a… Read more

Peer Cities Network spreads innovations in Israel

Our partners the Urban Clinic at Hebrew University established the Peer Cities Network to enable Urban95 solutions to scale across Israel by providing a space for cities to exchange experiences… Read more

Improving parenting at scale through existing health workers

Visits from community health workers have been shown to have positive effects on the health, nutrition, learning and safety of young children in Peru. The Foundation has been working in… Read more

Advocating Paid Leave for New Dads

Research shows that the father’s presence in the earliest stages of a child’s life is closely related to the amount of involvement they have in the child’s later upbringing. Their… Read more

Digitaf shows how Tel Aviv is prioritising young children

Every child born in Tel Aviv is now sent a Digitaf card. Launched in December 2017, Digitaf – which reads in Hebrew as a pun on ‘digital for toddlers’ –… Read more

Scaling up mother tongue-based preschool in Odisha

In March 2016, the Bernard van Leer Foundation signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Women and Child Development Department of the Government of Odisha, an Indian state with a… Read more

The Beginning of Life documentary

Documentary 'The Beginning of Life' - Bernard van Leer Foundation

Available on Netflix and other platforms, and in multiple languages, the documentary The Beginning of Life (O Começo da Vida) emotionally brings to life the science behind the importance of… Read more

Engaging Kids to Make São Paulo's Streets Safer


Children building themselves a tyre swing in a public play space may sound like an unremarkable, everyday event rather than the stuff of headlines. But when this happened in November… Read more