The National Children's Study is the largest research study of the environment's effects on children's health and development ever conducted in the United States. The study sponsors are the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (the National Institutes of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Local study teams will work with public health officials & professionals and community leaders to observe 100,000 kids from before birth to age 21. They will visit homes, schools and neighborhoods of the children and families participating in the Study. The Study will examine issues such as: birth defects and other pregnancy-related problems, injuries, asthma, behavior, learning & mental health, obesity & diabetes. They will collect samples from children's environments, such as indoor and outdoor air, tap water, dust and soil. The teams may collect samples of things like blood and urine, and will hand out questionnaires to get information about the health and activities of children and their families.
For more information on this project, please visit the National Children's Study website or read the information sheet below.