Welcome to the Growing Words Project!

Our primary study tracks the reading and language development of about 250 children in the Iowa City-Cedar Rapids corridor. Children are tested once yearly for four years (2021-2024) with eye-tracking tasks and standardized assessments.

We also have additional study opportunities for children ages 6-17, depending on the time of year!

We have two research locations: one for Iowa City participants at the University of Iowa and another for Cedar Rapids participants on Center Point Road.

We offer evening and weekend hours, transportation to and from the lab (for families that wish to drive, parking is available), and prizes and financial compensation for participation. 

Questions? Want to join the project?

Email growing-words@uiowa.edu or call us at (866) 384-5827 ext. 1 (for our Cedar Rapids location) or ext. 2 (for our Iowa City location).