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A Good Start: Advances in Early Childhood Development
July 29, 2015

A Good Start: Advances in Early Childhood Development

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"Nearly 50 years ago, in 1966, the Bernard van Leer Foundation funded its first major project aimed at enhancing the development of young children: the Project for Early Childhood Education (PECE), which was initiated in Jamaica. (Bernard van ...

Annual Report 2014: Bernard van Leer Foundation
April 13, 2015

Annual Report 2014: Bernard van Leer Foundation

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This annual report of the Bernard van Leer Foundation (BvLF) describes: how they work on child health, safety, and early learning (their strategic plan, decision-making cycle, and the tools used); the progress they have made; and their national ...

Understanding Governance of Early Childhood Development and Education Systems and Services in Low-Income Countries
August 8, 2014

Understanding Governance of Early Childhood Development and Education ...

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From the abstract of this UNICEF Innocenti Research Centre working paper:  "This initial exploratory study examines the governance and finance of ECS [early childhood services] in three countries using an in-depth qualitative approach. The ...

Responsive Parenting: A Strategy to Prevent Violence
July 2, 2014

Responsive Parenting: A Strategy to Prevent Violence

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"This edition explores the approaches and evidence for the effectiveness of a range of programmes that have been developed to educate and support parents in becoming more responsive to their children."

Exploration of the Status of Services for Immigrant Families in Early Childhood Education Programs
May 21, 2014

Exploration of the Status of Services for Immigrant Families in Early ...

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"...[T]he goal of this study, which was conducted by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) with support from the Bernard van Leer Foundation, was to add to researchers’ and practitioners’ understanding of how early ...

Annual Report 2013 of the Bernard van Leer Foundation
May 9, 2014

Annual Report 2013 of the Bernard van Leer Foundation

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This report document by the Bernard van Leer Foundation (BvLF) is an analysis of their working strategies toward their three goals, progress made in collaboration with partners for the period 2010-2013, and lessons learned about the indicators ...

Children of Seasonal Migrant Workers
December 6, 2013

Children of Seasonal Migrant Workers

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"The Bernard van Leer Foundation’s interest in the children of seasonal migrant workers is inspired by our strategic goal to improve children’s health by improving their living conditions."

The Bernard van Leer Foundation Annual Report 2012
April 8, 2013

The Bernard van Leer Foundation Annual Report 2012

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"Over the years, the Foundation has realised the importance of more holistic thinking, rooting interventions in local circumstances and becoming active in such areas as health and social protection as well as early learning." - Lisa Jordan

December 29, 2012

Nuevos horizontes: los nuevos objetivos de la Fundación Bernard van Leer

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Director de programas de la Fundación Bernard Van Leer, organización donante internacional, con sede en La Haya (Países Bajos), que tiene como misión mejorar las oportunidades para los niños de hasta 8 años de edad en circunstancias sociales y ...

Violence against Children in Schools and Families in Durrës, Elbasan and Berat Districts
December 4, 2012

Violence against Children in Schools and Families in Durrës, Elbasan and ...

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Commissioned by the Save the Children Albania Country Office a for a project ending June 2012, this evaluation sought to find out whether the project reached its goal: 'to achieve significant reduction of adult-to-children violence in the ...

Defending Children's Rights Means Defending Their Mothers, Too
November 29, 2012

Defending Children's Rights Means Defending Their Mothers, Too

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This article describes the dilemma of children being exposed to violence against their mothers, both its frequency and its results, and advocates for what makes violence-free relationships more possible. It was written to honour International ...

Stopping It before It Starts: Strategies to Address Violence in Young Children’s Lives
October 18, 2012

Stopping It before It Starts: Strategies to Address Violence in Young ...

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This document advocates for systematic and reliable measures of the effect of violence on young children. It was produced by the Bernard van Leer Foundation as a contribution to the International Expert Consultation on the Prevention and Response ...

Men Who Care: A Multi-Country Qualitative Study of Men in Non-Traditional Caregiving Roles
October 9, 2012

Men Who Care: A Multi-Country Qualitative Study of Men in Non-Traditional ...

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"The study sought to understand in the words of men themselves how they came to participate to a greater extent in care work than their male peers (in the home as in caregiving professions) and how men describe their care work."

Supporting Parenting
September 7, 2012

Supporting Parenting

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This publication on early childhood development (ECD) examines, for the purposes of policy advocacy, theory, and practice, the parenting of young children and programmes that support it. "This publication focuses...on programmes that are directed ...

Fatherhood: Parenting Programmes and Policy - A Critical Review of Best Practice
September 6, 2012

Fatherhood: Parenting Programmes and Policy - A Critical Review of Best ...

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This document reviews policies and programmes that promote or facilitate the involvement of fathers and father-figures from the prenatal period through the first eight years of their children’s lives. It aims to establish evidence of these ...

Developing Brains
September 5, 2012

Developing Brains

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"The emerging science of brain development shows that to develop properly, a child’s growing brain needs nurturing long before formal schooling starts at age 6 or 7. Investments in prenatal health and early childhood development programs that ...

Bridges to Adulthood: Understanding the Lifelong Influence of Men’s Childhood Experiences of Violence
August 7, 2012

Bridges to Adulthood: Understanding the Lifelong Influence of Men’s ...

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This report explores the prevalence and nature of violence against children as well as its potential lifelong effects. Using the International Men and Gender Equality Survey (IMAGES) data from six countries - Brazil, Chile, Croatia, India, ...

Increasing Choice or Inequality?
August 6, 2012

Increasing Choice or Inequality?

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"Many new opportunities are now available to individual children, but inequities related to gender, poverty and location risk being reinforced in an increasingly market driven early childhood education system."

The Bernard van Leer Foundation Annual Report 2011
July 27, 2012

The Bernard van Leer Foundation Annual Report 2011

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"In fact, while we can learn much from data gathering and analysis in the short term, we will not get a true picture of success until children with access to quality ECD [Early Childhood Development] have grown up and had children of their own."

The Bernard van Leer Foundation Annual Report 2010
July 26, 2012

The Bernard van Leer Foundation Annual Report 2010

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"The test of our worth will be our contribution to improving the lives of children, the societies that nurture and educate them, and the societies that these children, as adults, will eventually shape."

Young Children in Cities: Challenges and Opportunities - Early Childhood Matters, No. 115
July 18, 2012

Young Children in Cities: Challenges and Opportunities - Early Childhood ...

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This edition of Early Childhood Matters looks from various different angles at young children’s experiences of growing up in urban settings. It includes studies of: the situations of ethnic groups such as the Roma; Mexican border-dwelling ...

Hidden Violence: Protecting Young Children at Home
August 9, 2011

Hidden Violence: Protecting Young Children at Home

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The articles in Issue 116 of Bernard van Leer Foundation (BvLF)'s Early Childhood Matters are grouped together due to the shared observation that violence is often "hidden": "This invisibility, and the deeply entrenched social norms and taboos ...

Culture and Learning
March 25, 2011

Culture and Learning

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This edition of Early Childhood in Focus (ECiF) addresses the major policy questions surrounding the place of culture in early childhood programmes and how to promote development and learning while respecting cultural diversities. ECiF is a ...

Too Young for Respect? Realising Respect for Young Children in Their Everyday Environments: A Cross-Cultural Analysis
March 25, 2011

Too Young for Respect? Realising Respect for Young Children in Their ...

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"‘Children should be seen and not heard’.

Setting Our Agenda on Early Learning, Violence and Physical Environment: Care for Child Development
March 21, 2011

Setting Our Agenda on Early Learning, Violence and Physical Environment: ...

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This article by the World Health Organization (WHO)/United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) discusses what the two organisations have learned over the last 10 years about how scalable health servi

Continuity and Respect for Diversity: Strengthening Early Transitions in Peru, Working Paper 56
March 21, 2011

Continuity and Respect for Diversity: Strengthening Early Transitions in ...

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This document from Young Lives and the Bernard van Leer Foundation is part of a series on children’s early transitions. It explores the diverse experiences of 28 children from four contrasting communities in Peru as they experience the transition ...

Children's Right to Play: An Examination of the Importance of Play in the Lives of Children Worldwide
January 11, 2011

Children's Right to Play: An Examination of the Importance of Play in the ...

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"Traditional perspectives have justified play as linked to education and development, seen it as a part of the movement to eliminate child labour, or promoted its therapeutic value in crisis situations. This paper encompasses these traditional ...

September 2, 2010

Setting Our Agenda on Early Learning, Violence and Physical Environment

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This edition of Early Childhood Matters, a journal published twice per year by the Bernard van Leer Foundation (BvLF), outlines BvLF's thinking as the organisation fleshes out its goals for the period 2010 to 2015. Key new areas of focus in the ...

Strengthening the Care Environment for Children in Central America
April 15, 2010

Strengthening the Care Environment for Children in Central America

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From the Bernard van Leer Foundation (BvLF), this 33-page paper is the result of a collective effort to describe the experiences and lessons learned among 5 non-governmental organisations (NGOs) that rely on support, care, and education ...

April 8, 2010

Realising the Rights of Young Children: Progress and Challenges

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This edition of the Bernard van Leer Foundation's flagship journal, Early Childhood Matters, marks the 20-year anniversary of the signing of the United Nations (UN) Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC). It features articles discussing ...

June 9, 2009

Home Truths: Facing the Facts on Children, AIDS, and Poverty

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This final report of the Joint Learning Initiative on Children and HIV/AIDS (JLICA) summarises its main results and recommendations, which focus on the following principles: support children throug

November 15, 2007

Early Childhood and Primary Education

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Early Childhood in Focus is a developing toolkit for child rights advocates, which intends to set out clear messages emerging from academic research.

November 27, 2006

Measuring Communication Impact

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This 9-slide presentation was offered by Andrew Chetley of Healthlink Worldwide, a United Kingdom (UK)-based health and development agency, at a December 2005 meeting of The Communication Initiative (

October 17, 2006

The Promise of a Future

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This report addresses the devastating impact of HIV/AIDS on children and families in Sub-Saharan Africa, a region that is home to over 80% of the 15 million children under the age of 18 who have been

February 7, 2005

HIV/AIDS: What About Very Young Children?

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This 6-page Findings paper is based on research carried out for the Bernard van Leer Foundation for an anticipated publication.

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