The “KITA Prize” was awarded from 2001 to 2013 in annually changing cities or metropolitan areas. The prize money was EUR 16,750 per year.

The idea

It was the concern of the Mestemacher KITA Prize to support the day care facilities for children with an excellent offer of services for the balancing of family and career. Furthermore, the project focused on gender-democratic education as well as on the individual development of children. The prize was awarded once a year to ten exemplary facilities in regions of a selected Federal State. Whether private or publicly funded – every day care facility for children could apply for the Mestemacher KITA Prize.

Prof. Dr. Ulrike Detmers, initiator of the prize

The criteria

  • Promotion of a gender-democratic education
  • Support in the balancing of family and career
  • Quality of the educational work
  • Commitment of the preschool teachers