Education

Education in Early Childhood

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A good start is a great asset! The foundation for lifelong, successful learning is laid in the first years of life. These initial steps are crucial to a child’s educational development. High-quality education, childcare, and upbringing open up opportunities for children and enable them to take advantage of these chances.
Day-care centers currently face many challenges: they have to deal with changing conditions and are confronted with various requirements. Examples include the implementation of educational plans, orientation around family–work balance, and increasing heterogeneity. At the same time, the focus is increasingly returning to quality after the massive quantitative expansion in care centers in recent years.

 

Day-care centers in Germany are currently under considerable pressure to change. Early childhood caregivers face higher demands than ever before. The Robert Bosch Stiftung would like to contribute to improving quality with respect to the education, care, and upbringing of children.
In the past, we have mainly focused on academia and research in early education. In the future, we will take a closer look at the practical side and thereby focus on day-care centers in our work. We would like to contribute to the professionalization of the skilled workforce and support institutions in their development as learning organizations. We are mainly concerned with the topics of participation and diversity.

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We are active in the following projects
"Chancen - gleich!" - Equal Opportunities!

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"Chancen - gleich!" - Equal Opportunities!

Cultural diversity as a resource in early childhood education processes - a training program for educational specialists.

 
Day Care Centers as Learning Organizations

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Day Care Centers as Learning Organizations

Day care centers are also small organizations. And they are currently under strong pressure to adapt and develop their organizational structure.

 
Diversity in Day Care Centers

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Diversity in Day Care Centers

Diversity is reality in our day care centers. Actively experiencing and learning to feel accepted in a diverse community is an enrichment and a prerequisite for participation for children and families. With our projects we therefore promote a professional approach to diversity in day care centers.

 
ElKiS - Parent-Preschool Language Mediators

ElKiS - Parent-Preschool Language Mediators

The aim is to create a genuine partnership in terms of education and childcare between parents and childcare facilities for the benefit of the child.

 
Fit for Diversity – Equal Opportunities in Daycare

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Fit for Diversity – Equal Opportunities in Daycare

"Fit for Diversity" offers a basis for further education and training of day-care personnel on the topic of cultural diversity.

 
Participation in Day Care Centers

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Participation in Day Care Centers

The participation of children is an important quality factor for the work of Day Care Centers.

 
PiK - Professionals in Day Care Centers

PiK - Professionals in Day Care Centers

By introducing the first studies in Germany, we have spurred on the qualification of childhood-education teachers at universities and created a basis for the academic foundation of training and continued education.

 
The Research and Study Program on Education in Early Childhood

The Research and Study Program on Education in Early Childhood

With this program, we have made a contribution to the training of excellent young academics for research and teaching in the field of education in early childhood.

 
WiFF - Advancing Further Education of Early Childhood Professionals

WiFF - Advancing Further Education of Early Childhood Professionals

The project's goal is to improve the quality, transparency, and permeability of the childhood further-education system for which over 600,000 qualified staff members already work.

 
Related projects of the Foundation
Art and Games

Art and Games

In the Art and Games support project, we bring together cultural institutions where the youngest among us can experience art in a creative way.

 
German Next Generation Leader at the McCain Institute for International Leadership at Arizona State University

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German Next Generation Leader at the McCain Institute for International Leadership at Arizona State University

The fellowship program is designed to train and empower emerging leaders around the world. With the funding of the Robert Bosch Stiftung, the first German fellow participates in the program.