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.

Informing design and implementation for early child development programmes

Informing design and implementation for early child development programmes

There is global interest in early childhood development, especially following the launch of Nurturing Care Framework in 2018, which sets out the dream to reach every child, everywhere, and give… 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

Building Better Cities with Young Children and Families

Building Better Cities with Young Children and Families - Bernard van Leer Foundation

For the most part, the voices of young children, their parents and caregivers, and pregnant women have been underrepresented in traditional city building processes and overall civic engagement strategies. Using… Read more

Early Childhood Matters 2017

Early Childhood Matters 2017

This latest edition of the Bernard van Leer Foundation’s journal showcases advances in early childhood development, bringing new ideas from around the world and exploring the challenges of scaling up. Read more

Compendium of Best Practices of Child Friendly Cities 2017

Compendium of Best Practices of Child Friendly Cities 2017

This publication showcases examples of ways to make cities friendlier for children and youth, with initiatives drawn from various sources: research studies, award lists, newspaper articles and recommendations from a… Read more

Indicators for CHIld-friendly Local Development

As part of the Child-Friendly Smart Cities initiative, currently being implemented by India’s National Institute of Urban Affairs, this publication provides indicators to assess the gaps relating to child development… Read more

Early Childhood Matters 2016

The 2016 edition of Early Childhood Matters features contributions from UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake; WHO Assistant Director General Flavia Bustreo; Alice Albright and colleagues at the Global Partnership for… Read more

Steps for Engaging Young Children in Research - Volume 2: The Researcher Toolkit

Steps for Engaging Young Children in Research Volume 2: The Researcher Toolkit - Bernard van Leer Foundation

Steps for Engaging Young Children in Research is a comprehensive resource developed for academics and practitioner researchers wanting to include the perspectives of young children in their research. This is… Read more

Steps for Engaging Young Children in Research - Volume 1: The Guide

Steps for Engaging Young Children in Research is a comprehensive resource developed for academics and practitioner researchers wanting to include the perspectives of young children in their research. This is… Read more

The Right to Play

Publication ECIF9 The Right to Play

'The Right to Play' offers short summaries of theory, research and policy issues that can inform the implementation of Article 31 of the UN Convention on Children's Rights. Section 1… Read more