The Research and Study Program on Education in Early Childhood
Education in Early Childhood

The Research and Study Program on Education in Early Childhood

A program to train excellent young academics for research and teaching in the field of early childhood education.

The critical role early childhood education, child care, and upbringing play in a child’s personal development is now undisputed – the first years are decisive! This is why successfully designing early childhood education processes and child-care concepts also requires scientific observation and development.

Research and teaching in the area of early childhood education have advanced rapidly since the establishment of the first related degree programs, and German colleges and universities now offer more than 130 bachelor’s and master’s degree programs on the subject. This development has been accompanied by a significant lack of qualified early-childhood specialists active in research and teaching, however.

In order to tap the potential of excellently trained educators for science and research in the field of education in early childhood, the Robert Bosch Stiftung supported a total of 60 young scientists within the Education in Early Childhood Research and Study Program from 2009 to 2014. This program includes participation in a comprehensive, advanced training program to professionalize instruction and increase qualifications in this new field.

The program ended in December 2014. Applications are no longer possible.


Lisa Klopiec
Phone: +49 (0)711 46084-156

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