It is in early childhood that the course is set for the development of cognitive and social skills. According to a 2011 study by the Jacobs Foundation, major Swiss cities have adopted early childhood strategies and offer a variety of programs for children as well as parents. But most of these programs operate in isolation from one another. To achieve a long-term impact, they should be linked and coordinated, and they need broad political support. Constant improvement of the pedagogical quality is also essential.

In 2012, the Jacobs Foundation launched its “Primokiz – Locally Networked Early Support” program in 25 small and medium-sized Swiss cities. Early childhood experts worked with the participating towns to formulate a strategy aimed at linking projected or existing early childhood education and care programs in a way that would achieve the greatest possible impact. A number of tools were provided, including a list of quality criteria and success factors. Participating sites also benefited from the practical experience and advice of reference cities: Aarau, Basel, Bern, Biel, Geneva, Lausanne, Lucerne, St. Gallen, Winterthur and Zurich.

After the success of Primokiz, the Jacobs Foundation decided to launch an expanded program called Primokiz2 in 2017. It is being implemented at approximately 80 sites.

Duration: 2012-2016

Budget: 2.2 Mio. CHF

Program advisory board:

  • Initiative of Cities for Social Policy
  • University of Fribourg
  • Gallen University of Teacher Education
  • Health Promotion Switzerland
  • Swiss Federal Office of Migration
  • Swiss Federal Social Insurance Office
  • Swiss National Commission for UNESCO

Webseite on the successor program

The Jacobs Foundation has conducted a study on early childhood and care in small and medium Swiss cities in 2011. The study is available as download in German:

Complete study (in German)
Short version (in German)

Evaluation report (in German)
Primokiz Model (in German)

Based on specified criteria, the Jacobs Foundation and a program advisory board selected cities to participate in the program. They received expert support in designing and implementing a comprehensive plan for integrated early childhood education and care. Their project descriptions are available for download.

Bülach Projektbeschreibung
Burgdorf  Projektbeschreibung
Gambarogno   Projektbeschreibung
Grenchen  Projektbeschreibung
Illnau-Effretikon   Projektbeschreibung
Kanton St. Gallen
Kanton Uri
Muri  Projektbeschreibung
Nidwalden (Kanton) Projektbeschreibung
Pratteln  Projektbeschreibung
Schaffhausen  Projektbeschreibung
Spiez  Projektbeschreibung
Wettingen  Projektbeschreibung
Wil  Projektbeschreibung
Zofingen  Projektbeschreibung
Zug  Projektbeschreibung

Different examples of project cities

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