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April 1, 2018

This online story, published by the Bernard Van Leer Foundation, is part of the 'Historical Cases' series. It intends to collect lessons from the past experience of the foundation in Nicaragua from 1981 to 2008.Learning questions raised by this story include:How can we best take advantage of historical moments in a country to accelerate progress towards scale? How does this factor into our own decision making?How to diversify our partnerships and our approaches (for example, advocacy versus field projects) to ensure continuity throughout inevitable political changes in government?When making plans for scale, is it always desirable to aim for universalisation? Or is it better – from a quality standpoint – to advocate for a more targeted approach to specific populations of children and families?

Children and Youth; Education; Evaluation and Learning; Foundation Sector, History and Analysis

Learning From Experience : An Impact Assessment Of Work By The Bernard van Leer foundation in Kenya, Colombia, Germany and Poland.

November 1, 2012

The Foundation funded an independent evaluation to examine the impact that it had made in young children's lives in four countries: Kenya, Colombia, Poland and Germany. A five-person evaluation team conducted an in-depth examination of work funded by € 92 million in investments over the course of 40 years. This report shares the findings.

Children and Youth; Evaluation and Learning

Parental Involvement in Early Learning: A Review of Research, Policy and Good Practice

January 1, 2012

This study has been carried out on behalf of the Bernard van Leer Foundation in order to gain more insight into the current theories and practices in relation to parental involvement in early learning in the Netherlands. It is based on national and international research literature, policy reports, as well as discussions with key informants which took place between September 2011 and January 2012. The study has been carried out around a number of key questions: Why involve parents in early learning? What factors need to be taken into account?; What are the current policies and provision for parental involvement in early learning in the Netherlands? What do we learn about parental involvement from case studies of good practice?

Parenting and Families

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