Bernard van Leer Foundation

Communicating the vital importance of a child's first three years to parents

The first 1,000 days of a child’s life blaze the path for everything that comes next. It’s a crucial time for brain development, to receive proper nutrition, bond with parents in a loving safe way and meet scores of key milestones on the journey to a successful future.

But what is the best way to communicate the vital importance of those first three years to parents – and create an environment that enables parents to learn and use that information to help their children?

The Johns Hopkins Center for Communication Programs works with the Bernard van Leer Foundation to find new ways to ensure the foundation’s early childhood development programs across the world are making a transformational impact. We use tailored approaches designed to create social and behavior change for the youngest children and working to understand cultural or societal reasons why some tactics may have been less successful in the past.

CCP has advised foundation projects in Cote d’Ivoire, Peru, Brazil, Ecuador, Colombia, Israel, India and the Netherlands, where the foundation is based.


Bernard van Leer Foundation





Implementing Partners

Busara Center for Behavioral Economics

Brazil, Colombia, Cote d'Ivoire, Ecuador, Entertainment Education, India, Israel, Maternal and Child Health, Netherlands, Nutrition, Past, Peru, Public-private Partnerships, Social and Behavior Change