Starting Cohort Newborns (SC1)

Version 9.0.0


Here you find information on the former versions 8.0.1, 8.0.0, 7.0.0, 6.0.0, 5.0.0, 4.0.0, 3.0.0, 2.0.0 and 1.0.0.

Date of Release

  • 2022-02-25



The aim of this substudy run by the National Educational Panel Study (NEPS) is to generate a longitudinal cohort starting with infants in their first year of life. Therefore families are visited in their homes from the first wave. Substantial, theory-driven surveys are conducted with the children (as target persons) and their parents as well as with persons in charge outside of the home (group manager of the day nursery or the Kindergarten, childminders; from wave 2). Those data will enable scientists to describe and analyze processes and courses of education as well as competence development.

The main research questions of this substudy of the NEPS include:

  • How do children in early childhood develop early skills and abilities and in what ways are processes of development and education supported by settings of child care and education within and outside the family?
  • How do intra-familial and extra-familial settings interact?
  • From what age of the child do families make use of child care settings and education outside the family and to what extent does this depend on the development of the child and/or on the family background including the intra-familial learning environment, parental needs, and orientations?
  • In addition, there is a special focus on families with migration background.

Principal Investigator







Below you will find detailed additional information regarding the surveys, instruments and data from the Starting Cohort 1, Newborns. This documentation refers to the version 9.0.0. In case of questions, simply contact the Research Data Center.

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Data Manual (more) PDF-en
Release Notes (more) TXT-en
Survey Instruments (more) ZIP
Information on Competence Tests (more) ZIP
Semantic Data Structure File (more) ZIP
Codebook (more) PDF-de PDF-en
Glossary (more) PDF-en
Samples, Weights, Nonresponse (more) ZIP
Regional data (more) PDF-de PDF-en
Merging Matrix (more) XLX
Anonymization Procedures (more) PDF-en
Field Reports (more) ZIP

Starting Cohort Early Childhood

Access the Data

The download of NEPS data presupposes a valid Data Use Agreement. Eligible applicants are all individuals in possession of a university degree employed by a scientific institution. Data access is free of charge.

(external) Data Access Request Forms

Registered data users can download the NEPS Scientific Use Files by logging in to the website with their personal nu-number and password.

(external) Data Download Center

More Information

In addition to the overview on this site, we offer further information about the data from Starting Cohort 1 (Newborns):