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About Germany's largest early childhood education initiative

Kleiner Junge schaut erstaunt auf ein Experiment
© Christoph Wehrer/Stiftung Kinder forschen

The Foundation

The Stiftung Kinder forschen (Little Scientists Foundation) is Germany’s largest early childhood education initiative in the fields of science, technology, engineering/computer science, and mathematics (STEM). What is the idea behind it? How does it work?

The Foundation

Eine Frau steht an einem Rednerpult.
© Stiftung Kinder forschen

International Dialogue

The Foundation is eager to share its ideas with and learn from international organisations that focus on the area of early STEM education. Find out more about the Foundation’s International Dialogue on STEM Education (IDoS).

About IDoS

Erwachsene überreichen eine Kugel mit Stäbchen
© Christoph Wehrer/Stiftung Kinder forschen

Continuing Professional Development

From free online courses to on-site workshops, the continuing professional development (CPD) programme of the Stiftung Kinder forschen supports early childhood educators and primary school teachers in facilitating children’s processes of inquiry.

CPD programme

Gruppenfoto von Menschen in einer Halle, unter einem Globus versammelt.
© Lars Landmann/ Stiftung Kinder forschen


Since its inception in 2006, numerous private individuals and institutions have contributed to the Foundation’s success. The programme is now firmly established in regions all over Germany – and is still expanding.