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Kids, Families and Places
 

Kids, Families & Places

Study Description

Children grow up in a multi-layered and complex social world. The initial goals of this study are first to examine the simultaneous influence of neighbourhood, family, and childcare contexts on preschool children’s development and second; to identify biological and behavioural characteristics of children that modify how they react to these environments. This is the first study worldwide to examine children’s development in a nested, multilevel framework, going from the biology of the individual to the neighbourhoods and schools in which they grow up.

Over 650 families in Toronto and Hamilton took part in the study. All these families had a newborn in 2006-2008 and at least one older sibling. The Kids, Families and Places study started data collection in 2006 and completed the 5th wave of data collection in 2016. Some families were visited twice and 500 families were visited 4-5 times in order to collect more detailed information as children acquire new skills.

Research on early childhood is receiving considerable attention. This is because there is strong evidence to show that early experiences shape lifelong biology and development. We are interested in experiences in families, neighbourhoods, childcare and school settings that shape children.

 

 

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