PINA was founded in 2017. The institute has emerged from EQUIP – a cooperative research programme focussed on quality and interaction in everyday pedagogy – which was funded by the Federal Ministry for Family Affairs, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth and jointly conducted by the University of Potsdam and the University of Applied Sciences. The University of Applied Sciences and the University of Potsdam offer a joint, research-focussed Master studies programme: Early Childhood Research. Members of PINA take part in research and teaching in the M.A. Early Childhood Research programme. PINA forms the central joint platform of the new site for early childhood education research in Potsdam.