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 University and RAND, will be shared on this page as they become available.

Two earlier case studies, developed with Harvard Kennedy School, can be accessed/purchased here: Cuna Más: Peru’s Early Childhood Program Struggles to Maintain Quality as it Scales up and Mothers of Rotterdam: Scaling a Social Services Program in the Netherlands.

Working to support policy change through an advocacy coalition in Israel

Prior to 2018, Israel had no formal legislation for early childhood care and education needs. However, the new Supervision Law, passed in July 2018, set out to improve the supervision of daycare services for children under three years old by creating regularised standards relating to staff training and the physical environment in daycares. This case study on the Coalition for Education from Birth details how ANU and the Bernard van Leer Foundation, together with 250 members, campaigned for several policy changes to improve the care, safety and education for children under three years old. 

Efforts to support the extension of birth leave in the Netherlands

Through the new WIEG law, the Netherlands secured paid birth leave for partners of mothers. From January 2019, the new policy provides those within formal employment with five days of fully paid partner leave. This will be extended to five weeks of nontransferable partner leave paid at 70 per cent of normal pay from July 2020. This case study details how the partnership between Bernard van Leer Foundation, Rutgers and WOMEN Inc. aligned perspectives on children’s needs, men’s needs and women’s needs to support policy change on paid birth leave.

Reducing inequality by focusing on the very young: Boa Vista, Brazil, deepens its investment in early childhood development, 2009–2016

Since well before Boa Vista joined the Bernard van Leer Foundation’s Urban95 programme in 2017, the city’s five-term mayor, Teresa Surita, had prioritised early childhood development services as crucial for narrowing the gap between rich and poor. Building on work already done, Surita and her department heads undertook projects including a data dashboard and alert system. This case study explores how those efforts stayed on track despite the challenge of assisting refugees fleeing Venezuela.

City hall embraces early childhood development: reaching an underserved population in Tel Aviv, 2016-2019

In 2016, the government of Tel Aviv began to respond to mounting pressure from parents of young children to tackle a crisis of affordable childcare in the city. By 2019, early chldhood development had become a priority across the city government. Based on interviews conducted in May 2019, this case study explores why and how young children rose up the municipal agenda.

Governing from a Child’s Perspective: Recife, Brazil, Works to Become Family Friendly, 2017–2019

In 2017, Geraldo Julio, the mayor of Recife, began to invest in early childhood development as an innovative strategy to address crime and economic inequality. This case study explores how city departments were aligned, legislation passed and an existing public-private urban planning partnership engaged to pilot projects in two neighbourhoods. Bill Steiden explores the lessons that had been learned by mid-2019 about improving access to services for families with young children.

Reconstructing a City in the Interests of its Children: Tirana, Albania, 2015-2019

Erion Veliaj became mayor of Tirana, Albania, in 2015. The city was growing quickly, with pollution from construction work and traffic threatening the health and well-being of infants, toddlers and caregivers. This case explains how Veliaj’s administration won public trust and found the budget to prioritize reforms for the city’s youngest residents, including building new parks, playgrounds, nurseries, schools and pedestrian spaces.