Germany's Child Guarantee National Action Plan - An overview
2021 was a turning point in the fight against child poverty, with the launch of two landmark initiatives, the EU Strategy on the Rights of the Child and the European Child Guarantee.
As EU Member States submit their Child Guarantee National Action Plans, Eurochild will share highlights from each plan that members, children's rights advocates and influencers can use in their own work to ensure children's rights remain high on the political agendas across Europe.
The German government submitted Germany's Child Guarantee National Action Plan (NAP) on 17 July.
The German Child Guarantee National Action Plan focuses on:
- Early Childhood Education and Care: Access to high quality childcare institutions and offering sufficient childcare slots
- Education: legal right to all-day care from 2026, targeted funding for vulnerable children, improved education opportunities for children in migration
- Healthcare: Less bureaucracy for health access for children in migration, program on more movement facilities in the neighbourhood
- Nutrition: National Strategy for breastfeeding support, Nutrition Strategy to foster healthy eating, information campaign on implications of salt
- Housing: Financial support for social housing, National Action Plan on Homelessness to create new housing possibilities
- Other: Basic child support, bundling previous monetary benefits for children, parental support mechanism including extension of paternal leave, inclusive child and youth support, improvement of child-related laws
Eurochild and its members will continue to call on Member States to release their plans and to work on ensuring the Child Guarantee National Action Plans helps end child poverty.
This overview presents highlights extracted from the National Action Plan (NAP) from Germany published on 17/07/2023. It is not exhaustive nor does it evaluate the NAP and uses the same terms as those in the NAP. It is intended to summarise key elements & to signpost stakeholders to other relevant analyses.