In partnership with the Bernard van Leer Foundation

Building Better Cities
with Young Children & Families

Project Objective

8 80 Cities set out to find out what cities around the world are doing when it comes to engaging young children and their families in city building.

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  • Date: 2017
  • City: Global
  • Client/Partner: Bernard van Leer Foundation

We conducted background research, place-based research, and interviews with over 20 researchers, practitioners, policy-makers and thought-leaders.

We uncovered stories and ideas from cities around the world that demonstrate creative and effective methods for engaging pregnant women, young children, and caregivers in diverse projects related to the built environment as well as for the delivery services.

With 21 case studies from 16 different countries, we were successful in identifying innovative and effective techniques for engaging this important demographic.

Our final report Building Better Cities with Young Children and Families is a starting point. We know that engagement of these group is crucial but it’s what cities do with the engagement that counts. Stay tuned for phase 2 of the project as we take lessons learned and try to scale them up to address the needs and pressure that cities face today.