Obstacle Course to Day Care: Why Parents with a Migration Background are Less Likely to Send Their Children to Day Care.

Policy Brief | June 2013

Children with a migration background are less likely to attend day care than children without a migration background. At the same time, children from immigrant families can benefit enormously from attending day care. The Policy Brief examines the obstacles which keep parents from sending their child to day care and provides recommendations for how access barriers can be eliminated. Germany’s current incentives such as the childcare allowance in particular that give parents an additional motivation to keep their children at home are counter-productive for integration.