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Children’s development happens in the everyday contexts in which they live, such as at home, at school, and on playgrounds. In the Kids in Context of COVID-19 (KiCC) Project, we aim to pilot test a new mobile sensing device, LittleBeats, that children will wear in the home to help us better understand children’s experiences in everyday contexts.

This form of research is a new and exciting way for parents to become researchers in their own homes! The tasks involved in our project (e.g., play and puzzles) give parents an opportunity to spend one-on-one time with their child and learn more about their child’s development.

The KiCC Project is being conducted at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign by Dr. Nancy McElwain (Department of Human Development and Family Studies) in collaboration with Drs. Mark Hasegawa-John and Romit Roy Choudhury (Electrical and Computer Engineering).

We welcome you to learn more about our study on the What’s Involved and FAQ tabs. If you choose to participate, your family will receive gift cards totaling up to $100.