Projects and programs in our daycare centers
- Language daycare: Because language is the key to the world
- Starting daycare: Building bridges to early education
- Daycare social work at Outlaw
Language daycare: Because language is the key to the world
With the federal program “Sprach-Kitas: Weil Sprache der Schlüssel zur Welt ist” (English: Language daycare: Because language is the key to the world) the Federal Ministry for Family Affairs, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth seeks to strengthen language education integrated into the everyday, inclusive education and cooperation with families in daycare centers. This is an important step toward equal opportunities for all.
Because: Language is the key. Language allows us to access the world, to make contact with other persons and to gain knowledge. Studies show that language competence has a significant effect on a child’s continued education and gaining a foothold later in the professional world. This is especially true of children from families with an educational disadvantage and families with a migration background.
The federal program “Sprach-Kitas” was launched in January 2016. Starting 2017, an increase of financial resources by 150 million euro annually – an additional 600 million euro between 2017 and 2020 – will enable the creation of around 7,000 additional part-time specialist positions in daycare centers and consultation services. With the increased funding, the Federal Government will provide resources for the program “Sprach-Kitas” of up to one billion euro between 2016 and 2020.
For more information on the federal program “Sprach-Kitas”, please see the following website:
Starting daycare: Building bridges to early education
The program aims to make child daycare more accessible to families through low-threshold programs. The target group consists of families who are affected by poverty, educational disadvantage, deficient language skills or highly deficient social or living environments, but also children with a refugee background who have difficulty accessing child daycare despite an existing legal claim to a daycare spot.
The program began in July 2017 and is coordinated by Outlaw gGmbH in Leipzig in cooperation with Mütterzentrum Leipzig e.V. The professional staff at the Outlaw coordination unit offers insight into the child daycare system and inform families of opportunities for early education in Germany. In addition, the unit creates and implements needs-based programs in order to make contact with affected families and facilitate a transition to daycare and/or to support them with early-educational programs during their period without a daycare spot.
With the federal program “Kita-Einstieg: Brücken bauen in frühe Bildung”, the Federal Ministry for Family Affairs, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth sponsors low-threshold programs that prepare and supervise the shift to daycare and eliminate barriers. The program is geared specifically toward families that have had only insufficient access to child daycare as yet. From 2017 to 2020, government-sponsored locations will receive up to 150,000 euro annually.
For more information on the federal program “Kita-Einstieg”, please see the following website: www.fruehe-chancen.de/kita-einstieg.
Daycare social work at Outlaw
Since the beginning of 2016, Outlaw has been managing the project “Kita-Sozialarbeit” (English: Daycare social work) and held the first symposium on the topic titled “Daycare social work – equal opportunity from day one” in early 2017 in Leipzig. At the symposium, the youth welfare community and political representatives discussed concepts and possible financing models.
In February 2017, the Outlaw project “Kita-Sozialarbeit” began under the leadership of Greta von Kannen. Currently, five Outlaw daycare centers are participating in the model phase – including the Berlin center Mittelbruchzeile, the Kreis Warendorf centers Grevener Damm, Bahnhofstraße and Brock, and the Leipzig center Hildegardstraße.
Greta von Kannen
Tel. 0251 383566 164
The project aims to coordinate and pool the various approaches to daycare social work at all Outlaw locations in Germany in order to develop a uniform approach. This requires the incorporation of all participating centers’ various preconditions (location, social environment, professional staff, etc.). Some facilities already employ daycare social workers, while still others are in the advertisement phase for these positions.