Team leader: Kirsti Karila
Team: Maiju Paananen, Salla Fjällström, Mirka Kivimäki, Eeva Järventausta

Aim: The project examines the potential sources of inequality of the ECEC and child care benefit system. 

Collaborative (consortium) partners:

  • University of Jyväskylä (PI: Prof. Maarit Alasuutari)
  • PERLA – Tampere Centre for Childhood, Youth and Family research (Team leader: Katja Repo)
  • Finnish Institute of Health and Welfare (Team leader: Johanna Lammi-Taskula) 

The research project is carried out in collaboration with 10 municipalities that provide different combinations of childcare services and cash benefits. The other partners in cooperation are: Local Finland, Finnish Parents’ League, Central Union for Child Welfare, Mannerheim League for Child Welfare, Ministry of Education and Culture, Regional State Administrative Agency 

International scientific advisory board: Professor Rianne Mahon, Wilfrid Laurier University, Canada; Professor (emeritus) Jorma Sipilä, Tampere University; Professor Michel Vandenbroeck, University of Ghent, Belgium; Professor Helga Kelle, University of Bielefeld, German 

Funding: Strategic Research Council, Academy of Finland (2015-2021). Consortium 3,8 million euros, from which EDU team (Karila) 737 350 euros.   



Doctoral researchers:

Mirka Kivimäki:
The ECEC services in municipal and local speech

Salla Fjällström:
Access in early childhood education and care services among four-year-old children in Finland. Service provision, service use, and rationalities.

Eeva Järventausta:
Quality of early childhood education and parents’ participation in employment. Parents’ perception of the quality of early childhood education as part of families’ work and childcare arrangements



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