A German mother can take advantage of 14 weeks of maternity leave paid at a rate of 100 percent. She must take six of those weeks before giving birth. After that, a mom can stay home for 12 more months and collect 65 percent of her salary. Single moms get more support and are entitled to 14 months of leave. Then, a mom can stay home for three more years; it’s unpaid, but her job will be there when she returns to the workforce. As for child care, well, kindergarten is a German invention. Tots up to three years old can enroll in a free kinderkrippe. Children then transition to kindergarten, also free.
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