The latest news about the Bernard van Leer Foundation, our partners and the issues we work on.

Poverty up to age 2 worsens school outcomes, finds new Israeli study

Published November 14, 2019

Children who lived in poverty up to age 2 go on to do less well in school, according to new research conducted by the Taub Center for Social Policy Studies… Read more

Urban95 presented at urbanization summit in Kartepe

Published November 7, 2019

The Foundation and Urban95 partners in Istanbul presented their Istanbul95 work as a case study at the third annual Kartepe Summit, held by Kocaeli Metropolitan Municipality in the town of… Read more

New momentum for young children in Istanbul municipal government

Published November 7, 2019

The newly elected Mayor of Istanbul, Ekrem İmamoğlu, has launched an initiative to build day care centres in 11 districts. The Mayor acknowledged the support of the Foundation and our… Read more

Video from India’s Ministry of Health on the first 1000 days

Published November 7, 2019

With the Foundation’s support, India’s Ministry of Health and Family Welfare rolled out a video on the importance of the first 1000 days of a child’s life for healthy brain… Read more

Case studies on scaling early years initiatives

Published November 7, 2019

The first three in a series of 15 case studies on scaling early years initiatives have now been published. Conducted by researchers at Princeton’s Innovations for Successful Societies, RAND Europe… Read more

Creating a safe walking route in hilly Lima

Published October 31, 2019
Creating a safe walking route in hilly Lima - Urban95

Families living in the hilly neighbourhood of Alto Perú, in Chorillos, Lima, can now walk to their local childcare centre after an Urban95 intervention. Caregivers preferred to take their toddlers… Read more

Parking lot with trash bins in Istanbul turned into a low-cost public square and play space

Published October 29, 2019
Parking lot with trash bins in Istanbul turned into a low-cost public square and play space

Maltepe Municipality in Istanbul has piloted an intervention to transform a busy intersection, Zümrütevler Square, into a more attractive place for children and caregivers to spend time. Roads were painted… Read more

Creative street art marks first Urban95 project in Udaipur

Published October 29, 2019

Urban95 held its first intervention in Udaipur, India, from October 18 to 23 as part of the city’s Road Safety Week. The Foundation’s Urban95 partners, the Udaipur Municipal Corporation and… Read more

Playground designed for babies and toddlers opens in Istanbul

Published October 28, 2019

A new playground designed specifically for children aged under 3 and their caregivers has opened in Attila İlhan park, on the border of Yeniköy and Ferahevler neighbourhoods in Istanbul, Turkey. Read more

Foundation partner in Brazil wins Sustainable Cities Award

Published October 11, 2019

Recife’s Compaz project has won the 2019 Sustainable Cities Award, supported by Oxfam, for the best inequality reduction project in Brazil. This footage from Globo’s NE2 news programme shows Recife’s… Read more