The Yale Baby School, launched in 2017 as a dual initiative geared toward research and education, will celebrate its first birthday with a Halloween Party for enrolled families Saturday, Oct. 27 from 2 to 5 p.m. at the Yale Child Study Center. The event will feature crafts, face-painting, trick-or-treat stations, and a meet-the-scientists table — and children are invited to show off their costumes. Fifty families are expected to attend.
New and expectant parents in the New Haven and surrounding communities are eligible to enroll in this free, online educational resource on child development that was created by a team of researchers at Yale.
“We’re very excited for the opportunity to partner with families in our community to share our knowledge of parent and child development while at the same time advance our understanding of developmental science through families participating in research,” said Helene Rutherford, assistant professor in the Child Study Center and principal investigator for the Yale Baby School.
The course provides three types of resources for parents: information specific to a child’s age; a collection of resources that have been vetted for scientific accuracy; and videos by Yale faculty on caregiving and child development topics.
In addition to enrolling in the free course, parents and children are given the opportunity to participate in developmental research studies that provide Yale researchers with valuable data to answer questions about child and parental development.
This research team comes from multiple departments at Yale, including the Child Study Center; psychology; obstetrics, gynecology, and reproductive sciences; pediatrics; Haskins Laboratories; and Yale New Haven Hospital.
Through research at the Baby School, the team is aiming to determine how babies learn from experience, how we can optimize both parent and child well-being, and finally, why we lose our earliest memories. By participating in these studies, families help advance the understanding of parenting, child development, and the growing brain.
To facilitate and encourage participation in the program, free parking and child care for siblings are available, and participants are compensated for time and travel to each session. Families also receive regular newsletters from the Baby School that provide research updates.
The Yale Child Study Center is located at 230 S. Frontage Road, New Haven, CT 06520. The Yale Baby School’s Halloween Party for enrolled families will take place Saturday, Oct. 27 rain or shine.