Parent Information

At the Center for Early Childhood Research, we are interested in understanding how infants perceive themselves and other objects, interpret other people’s actions, make sense of language, and develop new motor skills.  Our findings have been reported in various news outlets, including the Chicago Tribune, the Chicago Sun-Times, and NBC News.

We are looking for parents and their young children to be a part of our center.  Participation is convenient, and we can often find times to accommodate your schedule.

Frequently Asked Questions

Parents Answer: Why do you bring your children to the Center?

Parents Answer: What does your child like about participating?  

Parents Answer: What about the prizes? 

How long will the study take?
Most studies last less than an hour and require just one visit to the university. We usually allocate 60 minutes for the study to provide enough time for your child to become comfortable with the study area and the researcher.

What if I need to reschedule my appointment?
Please contact the researcher who you initially scheduled with if you need to change or cancel your appointment.

Can I bring my other children with me?
Absolutely!  Just let us know when you are scheduling the appointment and someone from our research staff will be available to babysit in our playroom.

Where do I park?
We have free parking located in the lot across the street from our building.  Someone from the center will meet you at the parking lot to let you in and to provide you with a parking pass.

What if my child becomes fussy or uninterested during the study?
We understand that young children’s attention can change quickly.  Therefore, we take breaks if necessary and parents are free to end the session at any point.

Will I be with my child during the study?
Yes, in all of our studies parents always remain in the room with their child.

Where can I find out more information about studies my child has participated in?
Check out our research section, as it is updated as we publish our results in scientific journals.  Additionally, we send out newsletters to families detailing our findings.

Are there other places of interest to visit when I am in Hyde Park?
Yes, we have put together a list of other activities that may be of interest to you on your visit.