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Combining coaching for parents with services that meet families’ basic needs.

The way mothers, fathers and other caregivers nurture and support babies and toddlers in their early years is among the most decisive factors for healthy child development.

Many caregivers across the globe succeed in providing babies and toddlers with a good start in life. But many also need additional resources or support to be able to consistently provide young children with the types of early environments that foster healthy development. For economically disadvantaged parents and caregivers, efforts to stretch their money and care for young children can take an extra toll on their own well-being. Services may be unclear, inappropriate, inaccessible, or non-existent. Additionally, seeking public support can be stigmatising.

A growing body of research shows that parents and other caregivers’ well-being is an essential part of babies’ and toddlers’ healthy development.

Parents+ combines early years-focused coaching activities for parents and other caregivers – using insights from behavioural science to improve impact – with at least one other service designed to meet a child’s and/or her parents’ basic needs. This joint provision could occur within government-led services, or in conjunction with civil society partners. We advocate for this combination because we believe that the bundling of services is a cost-effective way to achieve impact at scale in the early years.

We seek to engage with policymakers, civil society and other stakeholders to build policy structures that support all babies, toddlers and caregivers, together with key programmes directed at specific vulnerable populations.

Resources

Annual Report 2018

Annual Report 2018

The Bernard van Leer Foundation’s Annual Report 2018 contains a foreword from the Chair of the Board of Trustees, message from the Executive Director, selected updates from around the world… 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

Annual Report 2017

Cover_Annual Report 2017

The Bernard van Leer Foundation's Annual Report 2017 contains a foreword from the Chair of the Board of Trustees, message from the Executive Director, selected updates from around the world… 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

Annual Report 2016

The Bernard van Leer Foundation's Annual Report for 2016 shares highlights from the last year, including stories from Tel Aviv, Bhubaneshwar and the Amazon basin. It explores the new strategic… Read more

Breaking the Cycle of Poverty: Whole Family Approach

Breaking the Cycle of Poverty: Whole Family Approach - The Aspen Institute - Bernard van Leer Foundation

This new report from the Bernard van Leer Foundation and Ascend at The Aspen Institute develops a “two generation” approach to reducing poverty and improving child development by improving services… Read more

Annual Report 2015

Bernard van Leer Foundation - Annual Report 2015

This edition of the Bernard van Leer Foundation's Annual Report shares highlights from our work in 2015 and explains the thought processes that led us to the three new solution… 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

Responsive parenting: a strategy to prevent violence

Publication ECM122 Responsive Parenting: a strategy to prevent violence

This edition of Early Childhood Matters addresses responsive parenting and its potential to reduce the incidence of violence against young children. Read more

Supporting Parenting

Publication ECIF5 Supporting Parenting

This edition of Early Childhood in Focus addresses these questions by looking at examples of parenting support programmes from the UK, USA, Netherlands, New Zealand and Australia, and identifies practical… Read more

Attachment Relationships: Quality of Care for Young Children

Publication ECIF1 Attachment Relationships: Quality of Care for Young Children

This is the first in a series of publications produced by the Child and Youth Studies Group at The Open University, United Kingdom, with the support of the Bernard van… Read more