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Frequently Asked Questions

A session with our study lasts 2-3 hours, and we will work to find a time that fits your schedule! We have availability most days of the week, including weekends. We typically like to schedule sessions to start as early as 9 am to as late as 2 pm, and like to make sure that the child isn't coming in at a time that interferes with their normal nap or meal times. We also offer a snack break halfway through the session.
As long as your child is between the ages of 3 and 5.99, they can participate in our study! They do not need to be enrolled in preschool.
Yes! Although the study we are collaborating with is called the Stanford Preterm Birth Study, all of the children we are inviting to participate in the Preschool Study were born full-term.
Yes! As long as your children are between 3 and 6 years of age, they can potentially participate in our study! We would need to ask you questions about each child to make sure they are eligible to participate. For consistency, we would also ask that you and the child that came in for an initial visit not tell the second child specific details about what happens during the session. That said, it's certainly okay to give them a general overview on what the experience is like.
You may bring other children to the session, but please let us know ahead of time so that we can arrange to provide appropriate childcare.
Yes! A portion of our study can be completed at home. Please contact our study coordinator at (650) 725-5970 or preschoolstudy@stanford.edu to learn more about this option.
Children react in very different ways during this portion; some don’t become sad or scared at all! These interactions are meant to see how your child expresses mild to moderate levels of emotions, and are not expected to cause intense reactions. In the unlikely situation that a child does become very distressed, we will stop what we are doing immediately to soothe them. If you’d like some more information about these interactions, please call (650) 725-5970 to speak with the study coordinator.


Still have questions? Please contact us at (650) 725-5970 or preschoolstudy@stanford.edu!