Welcome to Griffbereit and Rucksack KiTa

Two programmes, one goal:
Increased participation in education - right from the start.

Welcome to the homepage of Griffbereit and Rucksack KiTa - two proven language and education programmes for the youngest members of our diverse society and their parents/families, many of whom bring with them an international family history.

Griffbereit is a family education programme for families with and without an international family history and their children between the ages of one and three.

Rucksack KiTa is aimed at parents/families with an international family history and their children between the ages of four and six.


Launch event "griffbereitMINI

Mayor Norbert Schilff (City of Dortmund) and State Secretary Lorenz Bahr (Ministry for Children, Youth, Family, Equality, Flight and Integration...

Successful start: griffbereitMINI basic training for coordinators

A total of 32 programme coordinators from North Rhine-Westphalia and Lower Saxony took part on 17 and 30 March 23 in Wuppertal (Alte Feuerwache) and...

Image films of Griffbereit and Rucksack KiTa in the download area

The two image films for the programmes Griffbereit and Rucksack KiTa are available for download within the official account...

Participate in our programmes Griffbereit and Rucksack KiTa part!

We would like to invite you to participate in our Griffbereit and Rucksack KiTa programmes.

Whether as an interested or already participating family, parent companion, educational specialist or programme coordinator: It's nice that you share.

Target groups of both programmes

For Griffbereit and Rucksack KiTa we have defined the following five target groups:



Parents/families are approached as experts in promoting their heritage languages, building on their strengths.



For children, language is one of the most important key competences for lifelong learning and later success.

Parent guides

Parent guides

Parent guides have a good knowledge of the participants' first language(s) or family language(s) as well as German.

Pedagogical staff

Pedagogical staff

The main tasks of pedagogical professionals are child care, education, upbringing and holistic support.

Educational institutions

Educational institutions

The programmes take place in educational institutions so that they can also open up to migration society and initiate processes.

Multilingualism refers to a person's ability to speak or understand more than one language. With our programmes we want to promote this.

Diversity is a concept in sociology and social psychology that is used in German-speaking countries analogously to the term diversity used in English-speaking countries.

People are encouraged to discover and develop their own strengths. To recognise and use their existing resources.

Federal states

Federal states


Federal states

The Griffbereit and Rucksack KiTa programmes are running in several provinces.





More and more families are taking part in our programmes.

Parent guides

Parent guides


Parent guides

Trained parent guides accompany many families.

Educational establishments/institutions

Educational establishments/institutions


Educational institutions/INSTITUTIONS

The programmes are present in many educational institutions.

What do those involved say?

What do you think of our two programmes? Do you have any comments, wishes or suggestions for one of our programmes?
or have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.  Contact page.

Julia Weber

I felt like I had arrived in Germany after I arrived at the Rucksack KiTa programme participated.

Participant from a heterogeneous Rucksack KiTa group from Unna

Participant from a heterogeneous Rucksack KiTa group from Unna

Through the Rucksack KiTa-programme, I have felt motivated and supported. I successfully participated in an "Alpha" (literacy course) language course and now I also dare to exchange with the educators and read in front of the other mothers in the Rucksack KiTa group. We have a great atmosphere, a great parent guide and a great trusting relationship within our group.

Participant from a heterogeneous Rucksack KiTa group from Unna

Polyclinic definition

It is an honour and a pleasure to be a part of the programme. Griffbereit to be. The children learn very quickly and helping to shape the progress inspires me.

Alt description of the image is required for accessibilityMari Ulenberg (parent guide)

Multilingual children develop in the same way as monolingual children

Excessive demand

Multilingualism is an opportunity, not an excessive demand


Language and identity are closely linked

Language blends

Language blends are part of natural communication and identity in multilingual families


The attitude towards speakers of one language determines how successful the acquisition of another language is.


Language acquisition is individual and depends on various factors


Multilingualism is the norm, monolingualism the exception


How can I support language acquisition?