Welcome to the KIT Family Portal

The KIT, as an employer and a place of university studies, considers it its duty to look after the needs of its employees and students. Working fathers and mothers face the very special challenge of devoting equal attention to their work and to family life as well as to child care. Students who must simultaneously master the education of and care for their children have to make a tremendous effort. All this takes organizational skills, stamina, but also perseverance.

To provide our employees and students with all important information about the compatibility of studies, work, and family, we developed the Family Portal. This is where KIT staff members will find all information associated with family matters. Besides current developments in family-orientedness of the KIT, the Family Portal also shows how to find the right contact.

Family-friendly KIT


Key issues paper on the childhood reform


In its key issues paper, the Federal Ministry of Justice (BMJ) states: "Overall, the childhood reform takes insufficient account of modern family constellations. This particularly affects non-marital partnerships, separated, patchwork and rainbow families. More information here.




Child benefit and child allowance - coalition struggles to find a solution


According to a newspaper report, the SPD wants to stop Finance Minister Christian Lindner's (FDP) plans to increase the child allowance for parents with high incomes, but not the child benefit received by parents with lower incomes. SPD leader Klingbeil criticized the plans: "I think it is unfair to only relieve families with very high incomes. It is precisely the working middle, i.e. those who get up every day, work hard to earn their income and look after their children, neighbors and clubs on the side, who should be relieved." More information here.




New breatsfeeding location at the Studierendenwerk


The Studierendenwerk has set up a new breastfeeding corner for student parents. It is located in the beratungsWERK in the foyer of the Mensa am Adenauerring and is accessible Monday to Friday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Students who would like to take advantage of this are asked to report to the counter of the beratungsWERK beforehand. More information here.



Increase in Child Allowance – is it worth it for me?


From 2024, the maximum amount of Child Allowance (Kinderfreibetrag) is to increase. So far, this alternative to the Child Benefit (Kindergeld) has mostly been benefitial for high income families. However, as a result of the increase, average and lower income families could also benefit from it from this year. All questions and answers concerning the topic can be found here.




5th "Kind&Campus-Treff" on December 12, 2023


On December 12, the Studierendenwerk is organizing a "Kind&Campus-Treff" in the play corner of the KIT Mensa. Students with children from all Karlsruhe universities are invited to network and get to know each other in a relaxed atmosphere. For questions or registration, please contact isc@sw-ka.de by December 10, 2023.



Newsletter "Family at KIT" | current issue "1/2022"


This year's issue of the newsletter "Family at KIT" informs about events and news with the topic of compatibility of family, studies and job at KIT. The PDF file can be downloaded under "Issue 01-2022".




Federal Cabinet adopts action plan for socially disadvantaged children and young people to grow up with equal opportunities


The German Cabinet has adopted the National Action Plan "New Opportunities for Children in Germany", which aims to provide disadvantaged children and young people with access to high-quality care, education, health, nutrition and housing by 2030. Germany is thus implementing the recommendation on the European Guarantee for Children. More information on the measures taken by federal, state and local governments and civil society organizations in the brochure.




Invitation to the Round Table "Studying with a Child at KIT"


The concerns and wishes of you, the students with child(ren), are very important to us, which is why various actors regularly meet at the round table "Studying with a child at KIT". We would like to get in touch with you and find out what concerns you, what you would like support with or which events and offers interest you. If you would like to take part, please contact Sarah Wenz, Head of the Equal Opportunities Office, by e-mail at sarah.wenz@kit.edu. We look forward to your participation!




Student survey: On the situation of parenting students


Almost 188,000 students in Germany have provided information on their economic and social situation. The resulting study shows that eight percent of the students are parents. More than half of them study part-time, and they are also more likely to be employed and work significantly more than fellow students without children. You can find more information on the study here.




Key points on child protection published

The end of child benefit is to be achieved in 2025 – and the introduction of basic child protection instead. The Federal Ministry for Family Affairs has now published the key points of how basic security should look in concrete terms. More information can be found on the website of the Baden-Württemberg Family Council.




Key points for the reform of maintenance law


On 25 August 2023, the Federal Minister of Justice presented a key issues paper on the reform of maintenance law, which concerns „Kindesunterhalt“ and „Betreuungsunterhalt“. The aim is to promote partnership-based care for minor children and to make maintenance law fairer and less susceptible to disputes. The paper is available here.




10 years of daycare legal entitlement - no reason to celebrate!


Since 1 August 2013, children from the age of one have a legal right to a childcare place in day-care centres. On the occasion of the 10th anniversary of the legal entitlement, daycare professional associations have taken stock. Their demands can be found here, as well as the statement of the „GEW“ and the „Paritätische Gesamtverband“.




Podcast „Kinderzeit“ about cliché-free daycare


How do role clichés come about? What impact do they have on children and how can we overcome them? The current episode of the „Kinderzeit“ podcast is about cliché-free pedagogy in daycare and primary school. Click here to listen to the podcast.




Mental Load – Women bear the burden


In addition to the division of childcare, housework and caring for relatives, the mental load is a central dimension of partnership or gender-specific inequality. The new WSI report shows that women bear the predominant burden. You can read the report here.




Video instructions for mindfulness in the workplace


To practice mindfulness in the workplace, the Conflict Management and Psychosocial Counselling Unit (KMB) offers five 20-minute mindfulness videos, recorded by their MBSR trainer. To watch the videos click here.

Study participants wanted: Being a parent – (l)on(e)ly stress?

How do parents fare between work, childcare and leisure? How are everyday activities related to well-being and stress? A study by the University of Greifswald addresses these questions. Do you have one or more children? Then take part in the study here.




Alliance for care work pleads for "Familienstartzeit"

In order to promote the fair distribution of paid labour and care work, the federal government is planning a paid leave for second parents after the birth. The members of the alliance „Sorgearbeit fair teilen“ welcome the proposal and call for its swift implementation. Further information can be found on the website of the State Family Council.




Ministry: Discussions on basic child security are ongoing

The Federal Ministry for Family Affairs denies reports that initially only two billion euros will be available annually for the planned basic child security from 2025. The talks on basic child security, led by Chancellor Scholz, are ongoing. The measure aims to improve financial support for low-income families by bundling various existing benefits. More information on the website of the State Family Council of Baden-Württemberg.




Reopening of the parent-child learning room | KIT library


The "parent-child learning room" on the 3rd floor of the KIT library is open again - access is regulated by "reservation" (the key to the room can be borrowed from the information desk (from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.)).
More information at https://www.bibliothek.kit.edu/english/parent-child-room.php.




Marginal time care: The well-being of children


The technical article "Children as actors in marginal time care" provides information about the well-being of children and also refers to the results of the research project "Well-being of children in flexibilized day care" of the Rosenheim University of Applied Sciences, see "Children as actors in marginal time care".




Recommendations for children's use of media


The Reading Foundation provides three services for parents and professionals on how to deal with analog and digital media: "lesenmit.app", "Vorleseideen für die Kita und zu Hause", and "#medienvielfalt". Learn more about the services under "Early Opportunities".




Parent survey: Digital education

Digital education is a challenge and often connected with many questions. The University Hospital Tübingen conducts a survey of parents and invites them to participate. The survey can be found at: https://s2survey.net/medienkompetenz-ukt/.




Neuroscience: Brain activity of children disturbed by a lot of screen time


For some parents, it may be a relief when the little ones watch videos or else on their smartphone. However, this screen time can negatively affect brain activity in the long term.
Researchers from Singapore have conducted a long-term study to investigate how the use of TV or smartphones affects young children. You can find an article on Deutschlandfunk Nova.




Cuts to the federal budget affect families


The cuts to the social budget for 2024 decided by the federal government affect many family support services. For instance, the 'Kindergrundsicherung' planned for 2025 is to be cut by more than 80%. Furthermore, from 2024, no more funds will be earmarked for 'Familienerholung'. An overview of the planned cuts can be found here.




How family-friendly are German companies?


According to the Unternehmensmonitor 2023, family-friendliness is more important than ever. For around 86 percent of companies, family-friendly measures are important and the compatibility of family and career has become a central element of the strategy to secure skilled workers. The full report can be found here.




Gender pay gap - Statistics 2022


The pay gap between women and men in Baden-Württemberg was at 23 % in 2022. Click here to find out more about the personal, operational and structural factors which are responsible for this gender pay gap.


New family portal of the State Family Council


The State Family Council has set up a new online portal for families and professionals. It includes suggestions and links to professionally tested information and consultation offers on various topics.

Diaper changing table in the KIT library


A folding changing table is now available in the disabled toilet in the basement of the KIT South Library. The key to the toilet is issued via the information desk on the ground floor. More information at Ein weiterer Schritt zu mehr Familienfreundlichkeit in der KIT-Bibliothek (only in german).



Children's fitness barometer 2023: Corona kink is emerging

In cooperation with Prof. Dr. Klaus Bös and the research team from the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), the Baden-Württemberg Children's Gymnastics Foundation has published the Fitness Barometer 2023, which examines the fitness of children in the region on the basis of anonymous test data from the "Gym Bag Gang". The results show that the children in Baden-Württemberg, despite above-average fitness, record a further decline in the overall fitness value compared to the national average. More information can be found here.




OECD: Integration Study Settling In 2023

The integration study "Settling In 2023" by the OECD and the EU Commission analyzes the progress and challenges of the integration of immigrants and their descendants in OECD and EU countries, with a focus on the labor market, education, living conditions and social integration.




Free lunchboxes for students with children


All students with children can pick up a free lunchbox at the Equal Opportunitiies Office by appointment. Find more information here




"Kinderbüro ON AIR" | Dates summer 2023


The format "Kinderbüro ON AIR" of the Children's Office of the City of Karlsruhe starts into a new season. In regular online events, competent speakers guide you through topics related to raising children, family life and youth protection. The offer is free of charge. Further information and notes on registration and the programme can be found on the website of the Children's Office Karlsruhe.




Study: What does family-friendly mean? Ideas and expectations of (potential) parents


The SINUS Institute carried out a study on behalf of the German government, which for the first time surveyed what the population understands by family-friendly and what is needed to make Germany a more family-friendly country. More information and a link to the study can be found on the website of the Baden-Württemberg Family Council



Discussion on details of Kindergrundsicherung (basic child security)


Regarding the specific realisation of the „Kindergrundsicherung“ planned for 2025, there are still some unanswered questions: The assessment basis of the minimum amount, the amount of the children's housing cost flat rate and access to the digital processing procedure are still being discussed. Further information can be found on the website of the State Family Council.



Gender stereotypes and their financial consequences


Is it a problem if men earn more than women? Is it bad if women spend more time on care work than men? How do gender stereotypes affect income, care work or pension payments? These are the questions the initiative „Klischeefrei“ explores in this article.



Current issue "Kindertagesbetreuung Kompakt" of the BMFSFJ


92% of children from the age of 3 to school entry attended a daycare center in 2022, making this figure higher than ever. However, the demand continues to exceed the available childcare places. This is shown in the current issue of "Kindertagesbetreuung Kompakt" of the Federal Ministry for Family Affairs (BMFSFJ). You can download it here.




Follow-up costs without basic child support


Child poverty has long-term social costs. In the debate on combating child poverty, the follow-up costs of child support measures which are not implemented must therefore also be taken into account. These were calculated for the areas of health, education and social participation. The report is accessible here.




Alliance for Care Work calls for more budget funds for gender equality


The Alliance for Care Work criticises the planned austerity measures of the Federal Government in the area of gender equality and family policy. Instead, in its open letter it calls for the provision of more financial resources. Numerous measures enshrined in the coalition agreement for the fair distribution of unpaid care work have not yet been implemented.




Study: No equality in the labour market through public childcare


Does the expansion of public childcare places have a positive effect on mothers' careers? A new study shows that childcare allows mothers to return to work quickly after giving birth. But a faster return is not enough for career leaps. A summary of the study results can be found here.