By 2022, the federal government will provide the federal states with 5.5 billion euros to invest in measures that must have the objective to improve the framework conditions for quality and participation in child day care and must fit within ten qualitative fields of action defined within the German law on child day care quality development (Act on the Further Development of Quality and the Improvement of Participation in Day Care Facilities and in Child Day Care).

The task of the research group at the German Youth Institute (DJI) and the Technical University (TU) Dortmund is to observe the quality development in the system of early childhood education and care within the framework of an indicator-based monitoring. The monitoring system is based on data contained in official statistics (for instance official statistics collected by the Federal Statistical Office) and then prepared and evaluated in the K-IDA project at the TU Dortmund on the one hand, and the large-scale national surveys conducted by the DJI as a part of the ERiK project on the other hand.

Two survey institutes conduct the ERiK surveys on behalf of the German Youth Institute.

The SOKO Institute (SOKO Institut für Sozialforschung und Kommunikation) is responsible for the survey of youth welfare offices, child day care providers and child day care institutions.

The infas Institute for Applied Social Science conducts the surveys of directors and pedagogical staff in day-care centres, parents and children.

Information about survey participation


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