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We are always looking for children to take part in our studies. We invite all parents of children between the ages of 2 to 6 years of age who live in or near the Kitchener-Waterloo area to come for a one-time visit to the Centre for Child Studies to take part in one of our studies and help us gain a better understanding of how language and thinking develop in the toddler, preschool and early kindergarten years.

Please explore this website to find out more about participating in our studies with your child, the research at the Centre, take a virtual tour, read testimonials from parents who have participated in our studies (some several times!), and meet the researchers at the Centre. Many of our studies have been featured in media outlets - visit Centre in the News to find out more!

The Centre maintains a list of parents who are interested in participating in our studies. Once a new study begins, we will contact parents with children in the age-range of the study. At that time, we will explain the study in detail and, if you are interested, a convenient time for your visit will be arranged. We welcome visits on weekdays or weekends!

If you think you might be interested in having your child take part in our studies or would like more information, please feel free to call us at (519) 888-4567, ext. 35416 or email the Centre letting us know that you'd like to participate or would like more information about participating!


Our studies attempt to understand general trends in development, not to assess the performance of individual children. Names are not used in publications resulting from our research. Our studies are conducted on a voluntary basis. Parents and children are free to withdraw their participation at any time.

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