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Family and Children

Familie macht ein Selfie

Berlin creates spaces in which families and young people can feel comfortable. Our city offers funding and support – even in difficult life situations.

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Whether a day care centre or child day care - you need a day care ("Kita") voucher from the youth welfare office for both. Our database will help you find a facility. Attendance is free of charge during the three years before school starts. Childcare

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Day care ("Kita") voucher

Children are entitled to a place in day care beginning on their first birthday. Since 1 August 2018 there has been a legal right to up to seven hours of funding per day without a family’s needs being checked. Day care ("Kita") voucher

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Quality in Day Care

The quality of early childhood education, child-raising and care is of decisive importance for the further life journeys of children and thus influences the future viability of our society. As places of early childhood education, day care facilities have a special role and responsibility. Quality in Day Care

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Financial Services

Financial services provided by the state are intended to compensate for disadvantages and to value parents’ role in raising children. Find out more about parental allowance and parental leave, child allowance and advance maintenance. Financial Services

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The Educational Package

The educational package is available so that children and young people from low-income families can also take part in activities anywhere. The Educational Package

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Child-raising Assistance

Everyday problems and conflicts can occur in families. Child-raising assistance is a benefit according to the German Social Code to which parents have an individual legal right if the assistance is suitable and necessary for the young people. Child-raising Assistance

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Parental allowance and parental leave

Parental allowance and parental leave – these benefits give parents more options to organise the care of their small children. The legal right to part-time work gives fathers in particular the opportunity to participate in raising children. Parental allowance and parental leave

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Child Benefit

The child benefit is paid to the person in whose care the child is situated. If the child lives with both parents, they can determine which of them should receive the child benefit. Child Benefit

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Maintenance Advance

No child should have to suffer financial hardship. In the case of single parents, the maintenance advance fund helps out if the other parent does not or cannot provide sufficient support for the child. In this case, your child will be paid an advance by the state. Maintenance Advance

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Child Supplement

The child supplement is granted for six months and begins in the month in which the application is submitted. As a rule, the child supplement is paid to the parent who also receives the child benefit. Child Supplement

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Parenting and Family Counselling

Parenting and family counselling is a free programme for parents, guardians and couples as well as children and young people. The counselling can be taken advantage of directly and can also be conducted anonymously on request. Parenting and Family Counselling

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Child Protection

Parents have the right and the obligation to care for their child. If they fail to do so, community and especially government agencies must protect children and young people against neglect and abuse. Child Protection

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Support Programmes for Families

Berlin has a wide range of programmes to fund and support families. A major concern for the city is primarily early and needs-based support for families as well as for expectant mothers and fathers. Support Programmes for Families

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Early Assistance

Early assistance is aimed at all families who feel that they are overwhelmed in their current situation and want help and support. The early assistance programmes are preventative and voluntary. Families can take advantage of them without any bureaucratic red tape. Early Assistance

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Sect Information Berlin

Sect Information Berlin is a counselling centre on so-called sects and conflict-ridden programmes and was originally set up as a "coordination centre for sect issues". Sect Information Berlin