Purpose/goal of the project

The purpose of this project is to look at how children develop in their environments. Thirty pre-school age children will participate in the project, along with a parent/guardian. The project will take place over a two-year period, although participation only consists of four days in the fall and four days in the spring. Children wear small noise and language monitors as well as a small air quality monitor in a backpack for two days. Children will also complete school-like games and provide a urine sample. Parent/guardian provides information about the child’s health and the home. The goal of the study will be:

  • to determine how feasible it is to collect noise/language and personal air quality data among pre-schoolers
  • examine how home, school, and outside environments are related to biomarkers or stress and childhood development

Description of the study/SHOW involvement in the project

Trained SHOW staff are working to coordinate logistics of the project and provide staff to go over consent and schedule in-home visits with participants. SHOW will assist in developing questionnaires, data collection procedures, and training for in-home interviews, bio-sample and body measure data collection.

Why the study is being done

This project is a small study including 30 pre-school age children. It will used to determine the feasibility of conducting a larger study in hopes of better understanding how children’s environments affect their learning and development.