Bremen Initiative on Early Childhood Development (BRISE)

Subproject Early Education / NEPS (in cooperation with partners from the Otto-Friedrich-University Bamberg)

The “Bremen Initiative to Foster Early Childhood Development” (BRISE) is a longitudinal study funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF). The study systematically investigates the effects of a coordinated ‘chain’ of early childhood interventions on different areas of child development (including cognitive, social and emotional development).


BRISE accompanies approximately 1,000 families in Bremen who expect a child or recently got one and have certain social or cultural characteristics (for example migration background or low income). Everyday integrated offers for early childhood and pre-school support in families and day-care centers, most of which are already available in Bremen, are systematically coordinated to form a chain of measures. The support already starts during pregnancy and should extend until school age. This is the first time that a long-term study is conducted on such a large-scale regional support program.


The scientific evaluation of BRISE, funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF), investigates the cumulative effects of the coordinated program on the cognitive, social, and emotional development of the children enrolled in the chain of interventions. The reference group is comprised of children whose families do not take systematic advantage of programs offered in the city of Bremen. By linking BRISE to both, the Newborn Cohort Study of the National Educational Panel Study (NEPS Starting Cohort 1) and the Socio-Economic Panel (SOEP), BRISE can draw on additional high-quality data to evaluate intervention effects.


The joint project is scientifically coordinated by the Leibniz Institute for Science and Mathematics Education (IPN, Kiel), with field access taking place in Bremen. The Max-Planck-Institute for Human Development supports the set-up of the research infrastructure (BabyLab) in Bremen. The partners within the BRISE-network focus on topics such as the professionalization of pedagogical staff, the promotion of cross-domain and domain-specific developmental processes in the acquisition of language, mathematics, and natural sciences and their effects on the development of the children and social disparities according to family background. The German Institute for Economic Research (DIW Berlin) conducts a cost-effectiveness analysis of the measures and links BRISE to the German Socio-Economic Panel (SOEP). The partners in Bamberg, i.e. the Department of Developmental Psychology (Otto-Friedrich-University of Bamberg) and the Leibniz-Institute for Educational Trajectories, introduce innovative methods developed for the Newborn Cohort Study of the NEPS to the BRISE study; in particular, assessments of direct child measures and influencing factors in the environment (e.g. quality of mother-child-interaction). Both panel studies allow for comparative analyses and the evaluation of the BRISE interventions. The diagnostic assessment of early child development based on milestones is conducted by the University of Heidelberg. Finally, the partner Freie Universität Berlin - in cooperation with Bamberg - focuses on the quality of the learning environment in families and day-care centers.


BRISE is conducted by a consortium of outstanding scientists of the following institutions (cooperation partners):

  • Leibniz Institute for Science and Mathematics Education (IPN), Kiel (main coordinator),
  • University of Bremen,
  • Heidelberg University,
  • Freie Universität Berlin,
  • German Institute for Economic Research (DIW) Berlin,
  • Max Planck Institute for Human Development Berlin,
  • University of Bamberg,
  • Leibniz Institute for Educational Trajectories e.V. (LIfBi), Bamberg


More detailed information on BRISE can be found on the website . Please note that not all information on the website is available in English.


Project duration (1. funding period): December 2016 – November 2020


Joint project coordination: Prof. Dr. Olaf Köller, IPN, Kiel; Prof. Dr. Franz Petermann, University of Bremen


PI of the Subproject: Dr. Manja Attig, Leibniz Institute for Educational Trajectories (LIfBi), Bamberg in cooperation with Prof. Dr. Sabine Weinert & Prof. Dr. Hans-Günther Roßbach, Otto-Friedrich-University Bamberg


Contact: brise(at)

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Dr.  Dave Möwisch

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