Parents initiatives are small, self-managed by parents and / or educators and day care centers nurseries. They usually have the legal form of a non-profit organization in which the parents are members and provide the Board. As a result, parents have great influence on all issues and the development of the association. It also means to take responsibility and to volunteer. This commitment is in addition to the board work in activities such as administrative work, cleaning, cooking, janitorial work, etc.. This is not always pleasurable, but on the other hand leads to a strong identification with the parents’ their ‘parents’ initiative.
Parent associations in Germany have a long reaching back to the 1968 movement history. The motivation for the establishment of parent associations (also colloquially called the children of stores because old store rooms were rented) was the criticism of the authoritarian pedagogy as an expression of an authoritarian society and the resulting search for social and educational alternatives.