Welcome to the Growing Words Project!

Do you have a 1st, 2nd, or 3rd grader?

Join the Growing Words Project!

Over the next 4 years, we will track the development of about 400 children in the Iowa City/Cedar Rapids Corridor.  Each year, children will be tested with our eye-tracking measures to measure how efficiently they read and understand words. This task is easy and fun! Children will also complete standardized assessments of reading and language.

We have two 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. 

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

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).