Cities warn Kretschmann of collapse in childcare – Baden-Württemberg

Heidelberg (dpa / lsw) – The municipalities have warned the state of a collapse in the expansion of day care centers and all-day care in elementary schools in view of the shortage of skilled workers and tight budgets. It is “completely unimaginable” that cities and municipalities will implement the gradual legal entitlement set by the federal government in primary schools from the 2026/2027 school year, said the President of the City Association, Peter Kurz, on Friday at the general meeting of his association in Heidelberg. The federal and state governments would have to make significantly more funds available or lower the standards, demanded the mayor of Mannheim. “We have to talk realistically with the public.”

Kurz resisted the idea that the municipalities would have to explain the shortage to citizens. “The other political levels order and we explain on the spot why it doesn’t work, that’s not a good division of labor.” It is planned that every child who starts school from the 2026/2027 school year will be entitled to a full-time place in the first four school years.