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

Tessa Roseboom’s new book on giving children a solid start

Published March 1, 2022

On 17 February, Tessa Roseboom, Professor of Early Development and Health at Amsterdam University Medical Centre, launched her new book Gelijk Goed Beginnen (Off to a good start). Supported by… Read more

Mini-documentary on cities, children and the need for nature

Published February 22, 2022

Following the launch last year of the documentary The Beginning of Life 2 – Outside (O Começo da Vida 2 – Lá Fora), the filmmakers have made available a series… Read more

Early Childhood Matters 2021 highlights the intersection of climate change and early childhood

Published February 21, 2022

Available now in both English and Spanish, the 2021 edition of the Foundation’s annual journal Early Childhood Matters (Espacio para la Infancia) – The Climate Issue: Caring for children and… Read more

Hiring: Chief Programme Officer (closed)

Published February 18, 2022

We are seeking to appoint a Chief Programme Officer (CPO) who will be responsible for managing an exceptional global team of professionals across 5 countries. Read more

India announces winning cities in Nurturing Neighbourhoods Challenge

Published January 21, 2022

The 10 winning cities of the Nurturing Neighbourhoods Challenge in India were announced on Monday 17 January from a first cohort of 25 cities, previously chosen from over 60 applicants. Read more

30 cities form the first cohort of the Urban95 Academy

Published January 20, 2022

100 city leaders have begun the first academic course of the Urban95 Academy, a leadership programme designed to make cities more child-friendly. Read more

Hiring: Finance and Investment Analyst (closed)

Published January 18, 2022

We are looking for a Finance and Investment Analyst to join our Finance and Accounting team. The role focuses on three areas, including Investment portfolio analysis, monitoring and reporting, Investment… Read more

AirBeam Swap creates a global community of local air quality advocates

Published December 23, 2021

The AirBeam Swap is a new Urban95 project to collect data and raise awareness of air quality and its importance for babies, toddlers and their caregivers. … Read more

Partnership with United Way transforms cities in Latin America

Published December 17, 2021

The Bernard van Leer Foundation’s Urban95 programme has launched a new learning partnership with United Way’s regional office in Latin America. The aim is to nurture a community of leaders… Read more

Boa Vista opens playgrounds in shelters for Venezuelan refugees

Published December 7, 2021

Early childhood-focused public spaces have been launched in three refugee shelters in Boa Vista, with coverage in local media outlet Correio do Lavrado. The Amazonian city is the capital of… Read more