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.

Small but mighty - The incredible story of the women who made sure Guatemala’s educational system didn’t leave the nation’s indigenous children behind

This case looks back at the Foundation’s funding for APPEDIBIMI (the Association for Holistic and Multidisciplinary Development) between 1990 and 2008, and its work to improve the prospects of children… Read more

Behind the scenes - From universities to state schools: the Bernard van Leer Foundation’s far-reaching impact on learning

Two distinct stories emerged from El Salvador when we asked Jean Friedman-Rudovsky to look back on our involvement in the country between the late 1980s and phasing out in 2008. Read more

Violence, breaking the cycle - How one of the world’s most dangerous nations stops brutality from spreading

Violence, breaking the cycle - How one of the world’s most dangerous nations stops brutality from spreading

It was in the late 1980s that the Bernard van Leer Foundation began to explore working in El Salvador, primarily as part of our broader Latin American approach to build… Read more

Roots of change - How a Guatemalan grassroots women’s organisation creates holistic child-centred communities, one neighbourhood at a time

Roots of change - How a Guatemalan grassroots women’s organisation creates holistic child-centred communities, one neighbourhood at a time

From 1990 to 2008, the Bernard van Leer Foundation funded FUNDAESPRO (Fundación Esfuerzo y Prosperidad, or Strength and Prosperity Foundation), a grassroots women’s organisation in Guatemala City. Our involvement started… Read more

Comparative Global Study of Urban Spaces to Support Parents

How can designated spaces for parents and children be established within existing municipal infrastructure such as community centres? What needs should these spaces focus on meeting? What services and programmes… Read more

Building on Islamic values - A fundamental shift in Moroccan early childhood education

Building on Islamic values A fundamental shift in Moroccan early childhood education - Historical cases - Bernard van Leer Foundation

The Bernard van Leer Foundation’s involvement in Morocco ran from 1981 to 2008. The story revolves around one key individual – a thought leader and influencer who was the linchpin… Read more

Emerging Early Childhood Inequality: On the Relationship Between Poverty, Sensory Stimulation, Child Development, and Achievement

Emerging Early Childhood Inequality: On the Relationship Between Poverty, Sensory Stimulation, Child Development, and Achievement - Bernard van Leer Foundation

Funded by the Bernard van Leer Foundation, this literature review illuminates how economic inequality affects educational achievement – in general and specifically in Israel, where economic and academic inequalities are… Read more

Early Childhood Matters 2018

The 2018 edition of Early Childhood Matters features keynote contributions from the President of Colombia, Juan Manuel Santos Calderón, on the ‘De Cero a Siempre’ policy; Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General… Read more

An Urban95 Starter Kit - ideas for action

An Urban95 Starter Kit - ideas for action - Bernard van Leer Foundation

This publication is a collection of promising ideas encountered so far in the Bernard van Leer Foundation's Urban95 initiative. Aimed primarily at city and local government leaders and managers, politicians,… Read more

Mix & Match - Tools to design urban play

Mix & Match - Tools to design urban play

This toolkit provides possible design interventions to create more inclusive play environments from the street to the neighbourhood. It is aimed at stakeholders including policy-makers, designers, planners, architects, NGOs and… Read more