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Early Childhood Interaction Lab

Information for Parents

Currently in the ECI Lab we are running a study with 3, 4, and 5-year-olds. For this study, we are interested in how children and parents interact while playing. In the first part of the study, we would observe you and your child engaging in different play activites. Then, your child would do some academic tasks with a researcher while you complete a short questionnaire.

We schedule 1 hour appointments. If this sounds like something you would be interested in, please feel free to e-mail us at or call us at 301-405-4421.  


Directions to the Early Childhood Interaction Lab

Early Childhood Interaction Lab:                 Lab Parking Spot: 
Benjamin Building, Room 3311                        Knight Hall, Lot JJ3
3942 Campus Dr.                                               7765 Alumni Dr.
College Park, MD 20742                             College Park, MD 20742



The Early Childhood Interaction Lab is a part of the Infant and Child Studies Consortium at the University of Maryland. You can find more information about the group and sign up to participate in studies here

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We focus on three connected areas of research in the ECI Lab. In our research, we examine the benefits and unique processes of learning through joint play and activities with peers and adults, and their importance for constructing effective educational practices with young children. 

Below are some resources with helpful parenting information:


Zero to Three


Offers information for parents promoting the health and development of infants and toddlers.


Ultimate Block Party: The Arts and Sciences of Play


Provides information on how play contributes to children's learning.


Learning can be fun!


A list of recommended games and activities for developing children's literacy and number skills.