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

Our work on Parents+ combines parent coaching in early child development with at least one service designed to meet families’ basic needs – whether aimed at adults (reproductive health, savings groups, literacy, mental health, job training) or children (healthcare, nutrition, childcare, preschool). This can be an efficient way to achieve scale and improve the effectiveness of both the coaching activities and the service in question.

We focus on parents and caregivers because the way they nurture and support children in their early years is among the most decisive factors in healthy child development. While context matters and adaptation is essential, we are trying to mainstream some short-term indicators:

First, on caregiver well-being: if caregivers are not healthy and supported, it is hard for them to remain responsive to children. Programmes should measure some aspect of caregiver mental health, together with some aspect of service utilisation (such as attendance at postnatal visits, use of parks).

Second, on responsive caregiving behaviours: we aim to track at least one key behaviour in each programme. For example, are mums, dads and other caregivers eating healthy food with children? Are they playing more with babies and toddlers? Are they reading to them and telling stories more frequently? Are they finding positive ways to teach toddlers how to express and share their feelings?

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