BB2 recruits parents and their babies born in 2016 and 2017. It is funded through the federal government’s National Institute of Child Health and Development (NICHD).
Baby Books 2 is a five-year collaboration between the University of Maryland and the University of California, Irvine. The focus of this longitudinal study is on the literacy practices of first-time mothers and fathers and their infants. The overarching goal of the project is to develop an understanding of the unique ways that reading practices, family contexts, parent-child relationships and individual differences influence development and competencies in children. The hope is that the data we collect will support children and new parents in the future by helping to create programs for the entire family that foster family and child well being.
BB2 has two sites: one in Maryland and one in California. First-time mothers and fathers who live together and have a young child are able to be in the study. All books are bilingual, in Spanish and English.
As part of the study, we will visit families’ homes four times and call them on the phone every few months. During the home visits, we will interview mothers and fathers and watch them read and play with their baby. Phone calls are shorter and will ask questions about reading, how the child is doing, and how parents are doing.
Families will be paid up to $480 ($240 per parent) and do not have to have a social security number to be in the study.
We believe that BB2 is a very enjoyable project for families and we are grateful to all the families interested in participating in this project.