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.

Early Years Starter Kit

The Early Years Starter Kit is designed to help municipal or national governments and their partners understand the value of investing in their youngest inhabitants and the people who care… Read more

Policy brief: Air Pollution in Early Childhood

Air pollution causes long-lasting damage to young children. During pregnancy, for example, pollution is almost as bad for the foetus as smoking. As children grow up, their developing brains and… Read more

Scaling partnerships: Case studies

Management case studies BvLF

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

Cycling cities for infants, toddlers, and caregivers

Being able to cycle safely around their city can have a profound impact on caregivers and children aged 0-3, yet there has so far been limited research into how cities… Read more

Annual Report 2020

Annual Report 2020 cover

The Bernard van Leer Foundation’s Annual Report 2020 is now available in an interactive online format. With stories from our focus countries and learning partnerships, the Annual Report explores our… Read more

Supporting urban childhoods

Observations on caregiver use of public spaces from Pune (India) and Istanbul (Turkey) share spatial knowledge from a research initiative done in partnership with the University of Edinburgh and the… Read more

An Urban95 Starter Kit - ideas for action

An Urban95 Starter Kit - ideas for action

Based on learnings gathered from Urban95 initiatives across the world, this Urban95 Starter Kit serves as a starting point to help cities understand the value of investing in their youngest… Read more

Three briefs on data and Urban95 in Turkey

In this series of three briefs, the Turkish Economic and Social Studies Foundation (TESEV) reflects on lessons from the Bernard van Leer Foundation-supported Urban95 programme in Turkey that can support… 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

Template of Infant, Toddler and Caregiver (ITC) Integration in Udaipur

Prepared by ICLEI-SA, under the guidance of the Udaipur Municipal Corporation and with the support of the Bernard van Leer Foundation, this publication is a set of design guidelines based… Read more