Publications & Reports

Browse editions of our journal, Early Childhood Matters, and our Early Childhood in Focus series, along with other selected publications and reports. All are free to download or read online.

Designing Streets for Kids

Designing Streets for Kids sets a new global baseline for designing urban streets with a focus on the specific needs of babies, children, and their caregivers. Read more

Background papers on caregivers’ mental health

To increase knowledge on the importance of investing at an early stage of life and the need to focus on the impact of the parental and carer mental health on… Read more

Scaling partnerships: Case studies

We have commissioned a series of case studies on our partnerships exploring ways to take services for babies, toddlers and caregivers to scale. Ten case studies, by Princeton and RAND,… Read more

Covid-19 briefs

We’ve compiled three briefs on ways to limit the impact of Covid-19 on babies, toddlers and those who care for them, that we will be updating as we collectively learn… Read more

Making a Joyful Noise: The Potential Role of Music Making in the Well-Being of Young Families

Music supports family well-being especially when made or enjoyed together. This report highlights the value, impact and scaling potential of music and sustainable music interventions/programmes throughout the world. … Read more

Annual Report 2019

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The Bernard van Leer Foundation’s 2019 Annual Report is now available online. For the first time, the Annual Report 2019 also contains an overview in Arabic, Dutch, French, Hebrew, Portuguese,… Read more

Proximity of Care: A new Approach to Designing for Early Childhood in Vulnerable Urban Contexts

A guide to assess, design and implement child-centred interventions in vulnerable urban contexts such as informal and refugee settlements, to improve the living conditions and well-being of young children and… Read more

Turkish Nutrition Guide for Pregnant Women, Newborns and Babies

In this seven-part Nutrition Guide for Pregnant Women, Newborns and Babies, chef Seda Sümer and expert nutritionists Beyhan Göksan Bulgurlu and Muge Safak share practical, low-cost recipes and advice for healthy eating. Read more

Young Children and Families in Crisis and Displacement: Selected Articles from our Early Childhood Matters publication

View our Early Childhood Matters publications from 2009–2019 on our Early Childhood Matters microsite. This is a collection of articles specifically dedicated to young children and families affected by crisis… Read more

Policy briefs - The Early Years

Want to get up to speed on early childhood issues? Whether a seasoned practitioner or new to the field, these policy briefs explain some of the biggest challenges facing young… Read more