Families who participate in the National Children’s Study will come from Study locations across the United States.
All Study locations enroll women who are either pregnant or likely to have a child during the recruitment period. For more information on Study participants, see the Participants section.
The National Children’s Study is conducting a preliminary pilot study, known as the Vanguard Study, in a total of 40 Study locations. The Vanguard Study's purpose is to evaluate the feasibility, acceptability, and cost of recruitment strategies, as well as Study procedures and outcome assessments to be used in the Main Study. More information about the Vanguard Study and these recruitment strategies can be found on the Study Design page.
Study Centers are contractors that carry out the research and conduct the Study at selected Study locations. They work within a designated Study location to recruit participants and collect and process data.
The success of the Study in each location will require the collaboration of researchers, government officials, health care workers, social service agencies, and community groups, such as schools, churches, local governments, and others. For example, Study Centers have established community advisory boards with community representatives. to provide input to ensure a successful effort tailored to local interests.
For detailed lists of the Study locations and Centers, see: