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.

Air quality in early childhood

This report, developed by our partner WRI Brasil for the Urban95 programme, details the harmful effects of air pollution on children's health and presents actions to minimize them. Read more

Parenting: How home visiting practices in Brazil adapted to the pandemic report, infographic and videos

These resources capture insights and stories from the Parenting Award which recognized 100 inspiring home visitors across Brazil. Read more

Transit oriented development: how to make inclusive cities

Transit-Oriented Development, or TOD, is an approach to designing "complete neighbourhoods" in which people can connect efficiently to services and activities through quality public transport, walking and cycling. By integrating… 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

Child & caregiver mental health: Using data to make progress

This policy brief explores the current state of knowledge on the mental health of children and their caregivers. It looks at three factors – the determinants of mental health, factors… Read more

Countdown Global Mental Health 2030: Using Data to Inform Action

This report sets out the background of the Countdown Global Mental Health 2030 project, explaining the data gap in mental health, how Countdown 2030 was developed, and how it can… Read more

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

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