Welcome to Centre for Child Studies

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Kitchener-Waterloo area parents! Have your child participate in our studies!

For over 15 years, the Centre for Child Studies has been exploring aspects of children's thinking and language development. Our work has received national and international attention.

We are always looking for children between the ages of 2 to 7 years of age to take part in our studies.

This spring and summer, in particular, we are looking for 6- to 8-year-old children to take part in a study to help us learn more about early reading comprehension - our Minds and Stories project. If you are interested in learning more, please contact Angela Nyhout at the Centre for Child Studies' telephone number or email shown below. Our studies typically involve only 1 visit of about one hour to the Centre, which can be scheduled on weekdays or weekends. All children receive a small gift and certificate for taking part.

If you interested in having your child take part in our studies or would like more information, please:

The Centre maintains a list of parents who are interested in participating in our studies. If we don't have an ongoing study in your child's age range, we will keep your information on file and give you a call when a new study in the age range of your child begins. At that time, we will explain the study in detail and, if you are interested, a convenient time for your visit is arranged. We welcome visits on weekdays or weekends!

And, if there is no ongoing study at the moment in the age range of your child, and especially if your child is an infant, you may wish to visit the Lab for Infant Development and Language and the Developmental Learning Lab, also located in Psychology department and directed by faculty in the Developmental Psychology area.

Parents, on our website, you can find answers to frequently asked questions about participating with your child and read parent testimonials. You can also take a virtual tour and meet the researchers at the centre.

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Please know that all aspects of our studies have been reviewed and have received ethics clearance through the Office of Research Ethics at the University of Waterloo.

And now you can find out about new research from the Centre as it happens, and other new research and information pertaining to the development of language and thinking in early childhood on twitter!

We appreciate your support of the University of Waterloo Centre for Child Studies! Each child makes a difference!

We would like to thank the parents who provided us with permission to display the photographs used on this website.

Enjoy our website!


Daniela O'Neill, Professor and Founder & Director of the Centre for Child Studies

If you have any questions, comments or concerns about this site please email Daniela O'Neill.

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We get terrific feedback from parents! Read more parent testimonials

This was my daughter’s second time in the study. Bianca seemed to really enjoy spending time with Diane. I think the work being done here is so important for understanding how and why a child develops.

I really enjoyed observing my son’s participation. The researcher put us all at ease and did a great job. Everything about the process has been enjoyable for us.

We love coming to the centre. We’ve been involved since our child was a baby. We’re always very eager and happy to come and help out.

-- Comments from parents taking part in a study with their children at the Centre