Early learning provides a solid foundation for success later in life, at school and in one’s career. Developments which are missed out on in childhood are expensive, if not impossible, to make good later.
Despite this, day care places, especially for children under three, are still rare in western Germany. A qualitative improvement in day care infrastructure would particularly benefit girls and boys from less educated and migrant backgrounds. Since in Germany educational success is highly dependent on origin, their chances are lower than those of other children. Above all, they need special coaching for their language skills.
In the long term, pre-school education leads to a better-trained population. The number of those on the labour market without occupational training sinks and the number of graduates rises. As a result, more people find jobs and less money must be spent on unemployment benefit and making good missing vocational skills.