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.

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.