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Bremen Initiative on Early Childhood Development (BRISE)


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 is a cooperation project of the Leibniz Institute for Educational Trajectories, the Leibniz Institute for Science and Mathematics Education (main coordinator), the University of Bremen, the Ruprecht-Karls-Universität Heidelberg, the German Institute for Economic Research Berlin, the Leibniz Institute for Human Development and Information, the Federal Institute for Population Research and the University of Bamberg.



BRISE accompanies approximately 600 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 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 educational economic evaluation of the coordinated program of measures (intervention chain) is carried out at the German Institute for Economic Research and the Federal Institute for Population Research; In addition, DIW Berlin is responsible for the integration of BRISE and the Socio-Economic Panel (SOEP). Linking BRISE with the National Educational Panel Study (NEPS) is the joint responsibility of the association partners University of Bamberg and the Leibniz Institute for Educational Trajectories. Another sub-project of the University of Bamberg focuses on the quality of interaction in families and daycare centers. The University of Heidelberg focuses on milestone-oriented early childhood development diagnostics. Furthermore, the Leibniz Institute for Educational Research and Information focuses on children's readiness for school.


Project profile

    • funding period 1: 12/2016 – 02/2021
    • funding period 2: 03/2021 – 02/2025


Project partners
DIW Berlin
IPN Leibniz-Institut für die Pädagogik der Naturwissenschaften und Mathematik
Collaboration coordinator
University of Bamberg
Universität Bremen
Uni Heidelberg
Bundesinstitut für Bevölkerungsforschung



Möwisch, D., Attig, M., & Weinert, S. (2024). Einflussfaktoren auf die frühe Mutter-Kind-Interaktion: Befunde aus der Förderstudie BRISE. Frühe Bildung, 13(2), 84-92.


Möwisch, D., Brose, A., & Schmiedeck, F. (2021). Do higher educated people feel better in everyday life? Insights from a day reconstruction method study. Social Indicators Research, 153, 227-250.


Langer, R., & Gartmann, G. B. (2017). Biologisierungs- und Sozialisierungsprozesse am Beispiel von Frühgeborenen. In S. Lessenich (Hrsg.), Geschlossene Gesellschaften: Verhandlungen des 38. Kongresses der Deutschen Gesellschaft für Soziologie in Bamberg 2016 (38). Deutsche Gesellschaft für Soziologie.