Early Childhood Matters

View our Early Childhood Matters publications from 2009–2019 on our Early Childhood Matters microsite.

Learning begins early

Publication ECM120 Learning begins early

By the time most kids start preschool, aged around 3, the most important building blocks for learning have already been put in place. That’s why this edition of Early Childhood… Read more

Community violence and young children: making space for hope

Publication ECM119 Community Violence and young children: making space for hope

This edition of Early Childhood Matters looks at the effects of community violence on young children. Articles explore the idea that violence shoud be thought of as a public health… Read more

Living conditions: The influence on young children's health

Publication ECM118 Living conditions: The influence on young children's health

This edition of Early Childhood Matters explores the links between the living conditions that children grow up in and their health and development around the world. Read more

Early learning: Lessons from scaling up

This edition of Early Childhood Matters looks at the question of how to scale up early learning provision without sacrificing quality. Articles consider lessons that can be learned from national-level… Read more

Hidden violence: Protecting young children at home

Violence against young children is often hidden from view when it takes place in the home and the family. Articles in this issue of Early Childhood Matters explore the need… Read more

Young children in cities: Challenges and opportunities

Young children in cities: Challenges and opportunities - Early Childhood Matters

This edition of Early Childhood Matters looks at young children’s experiences of growing up in urban settings. A quarter of the world’s children live in poor urban settlements - a… Read more

Setting our agenda on early learning, violence and physical environment

Setting our agenda on early learning, violence and physical environment - Early Childhood Matters

This edition of Early Childhood Matters offers a first introduction to the Bernard van Leer Foundation’s thinking as we flesh out our new goals for the period 2010 to 2015. Read more