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 Childhood Matters 2020

Front and centre of this year’s Early Childhood Matters are resounding calls to action from global leaders and experts to ensure that young children, families, frontline workers and cities continue… Read more

State of the young child in India

One of the first comprehensive studies on young children in India, this report is aimed at practitioners, policymakers, influencers and researchers. It looks at the current state of children’s physical… Read more

Early Childhood Education Frameworks in Israel in International Comparison: Participation Rates, Maternal Employment, Quality Indices, and Future Achievements

This literature review is the first report of the Taub Center Initiative on Early Childhood Development and Inequality. It compares the situation of early childhood education and care services in… Read more

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