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Parliament approves universal daycare by 2013

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Parliament approves universal daycare by 2013
Strength in numbers, demonstrated in a Brandenburg daycare centre. Photo: DPA
11:46 CEST+02:00
The German parliament voted on Friday to provide daycare for all children younger than three-years-old beginning in August of 2013.

The new law, proposed by the ruling grand coalition of Christian and Social Democrats and passed against the will of the opposition, still must be approved by the upper house of parliament, which represents Germany's 16 federal states.

The measure aims to provide a daycare spot for a third of all children under the age of three or a monthly payment to families that prefer in-home care. The number of available daycare slots will also be tripled by 2013.

Adding the necessary daycare infrastructure will cost Germany an estimated €12 billion, of which the federal government will contribute €4 billion if the law is approved by the upper house of parliament in November.

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