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Local and Public Support

Gießen facilities


Gießen offers a wide range of day-care. Please see the following links to find an appropriate day-care-centre, childminder or babysitter.

Public Financial Support

You might be entitled to some forms of governmental help – such as child allowance and parental allowance. Please check with the institutions if your claim is valid.

Child allowance

You will receive a monthly payment of 250 € for every child. You must apply for child allowance at the family benefits office at the Employment Agency.

Parental allowance

You can receive a maximum of 14 months parental allowance. It is two-thirds of your income to date – subject to a minimum amount of 300 € and a maximum of 1,800 €. You must apply for parental allowances at the regional parental allowance office.

Other Services

On occasion, doctoral researchers are eligible for other forms of financial assistance; a list is available here.

Current offers for parents and children in Gießen and the surrounding area (as of April 15th, 2024)

Provider Short description of offer Link
Self-help association ‘parents helping parents’

Weekly open parent-child and family cafés, single parent meetings and counseling services, meetings for rainbow families and regular children's flea markets (German language offers)


English language offer:

weekly English playgroup
Family Educational Centre Gießen)

Various playgroups and courses

(German language offer)

Open telephone consultation hours: Advice on educational issues

(also available in English on request)

Child Protection Association

Parent courses “Strong Parents – Strong Children” (focus: single parents, foster parents, blended families)

(also available in English on request)
„Grashüpfer“ Middle Hesse Platform for excursion tips, things to do with children

Parent-child courses in Middle Hesse

Digital platform for various parent-child courses in Middle Hesse and tool for social networking