Publications & Reports

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

Building Better Cities with Young Children and Families

Building Better Cities with Young Children and Families - Bernard van Leer Foundation

For the most part, the voices of young children, their parents and caregivers, and pregnant women have been underrepresented in traditional city building processes and overall civic engagement strategies. Using… Read more

Supporting the Early Childhood Workforce at Scale: The Cuna Más Home Visiting Program in Peru

Supporting the early childhood workforce at scale: The Cuna Más home visiting program in Peru - Bernard van Leer Foundation

Home visiting interventions can impact children’s development with long-term health, education, and social benefits. Home visitors – be they professionals, paraprofessionals, or volunteers – must be highly prepared and well… Read more

Early Childhood Matters 2017

Early Childhood Matters 2017

This latest edition of the Bernard van Leer Foundation’s journal showcases advances in early childhood development, bringing new ideas from around the world and exploring the challenges of scaling up. Read more

Annual Report 2016

The Bernard van Leer Foundation's Annual Report for 2016 shares highlights from the last year, including stories from Tel Aviv, Bhubaneshwar and the Amazon basin. It explores the new strategic… Read more

Compendium of Best Practices of Child Friendly Cities 2017

Compendium of Best Practices of Child Friendly Cities 2017

This publication showcases examples of ways to make cities friendlier for children and youth, with initiatives drawn from various sources: research studies, award lists, newspaper articles and recommendations from a… Read more

Indicators for CHIld-friendly Local Development

As part of the Child-Friendly Smart Cities initiative, currently being implemented by India’s National Institute of Urban Affairs, this publication provides indicators to assess the gaps relating to child development… Read more

Early Childhood Education and Services for all

This report shares policy recommendations emerging from the Transatlantic Forum on Inclusive Early Years (TFIEY), is an international project convened by the King Baudouin Foundation together with 13 partner foundations… Read more

Breaking the Cycle of Poverty: Whole Family Approach

Breaking the Cycle of Poverty: Whole Family Approach - The Aspen Institute - Bernard van Leer Foundation

This new report from the Bernard van Leer Foundation and Ascend at The Aspen Institute develops a “two generation” approach to reducing poverty and improving child development by improving services… Read more

Roma Empowerment and Support for Inclusion report - Synthesis report of the Case Studies in Ghent, Belfast and Rome – Policy Recommendation

Roma Empowerment and Support for Inclusion report - Synthesis report of the Case Studies in Ghent, Belfast and Rome – Policy Recommendation

Based on the three case studies in Belfast, Ghent and Rome, this report brings out key findings on Roma inclusion with respect to parenting support, access to quality early childhood… Read more

Roma Empowerment and Support for Inclusion – Case study Rome, Italy

An estimated 40,000 people from the discriminated-against Roma minority live in substandard conditions in Italy – around 9,000 of them in Rome, many in fenced camps located far from basic… Read more