NJ Families Study

Frequently Asked Questions

What will my participation involve?

Our study has three parts:

1) A selection process that includes a short introductory survey, a telephone interview, and a home visit. This is done to make sure that your family fits the characteristics we are looking for, and that you and your family are comfortable with us.

2) A two-week video-recording period. We will install video cameras equipped with microphones in up to four spaces in your home, such as the kitchen, living/family room, dining room, and the child’s bedroom. We will record your family at a time that is convenient for you and the research team. In addition, cameras will be activated during specific hours of the day and evening per your family's schedule.

3) Surveys/interviews. In addition to the video recording phase, we’d like to sit down with you to complete a few surveys and interviews. We will also have some questions for your child. This part of the study will enable us to get a broader sense of your family’s routines, values, and experiences.


How long will this project take?

You will need to commit to a 2-week video-recording period, as well as approximately 5 additional hours of interviews/surveys. We have already collected data from 11 families and we are expecting to add 7-8 more families. We expect that it will take about six months to recruit these additional families and collect the data. We will remain in periodic contact with you throughout this period.

After the data collection comes the analysis phase, but this will not require your participation.


Will I be paid for my participation?

Yes. At the end of each of the following phases, you will receive these amounts:

            Phone Interview: $10.00

            Home Visit: $25.00

            Post Observation Interview: $500.00


Why should my family participate?

You will contribute to innovative, new research on how families teach their young children. Your participation will help us uncover new ways to support families with young children, as well as new strategies to better align teaching in schools with teaching at home. You may also benefit from the opportunity to reflect on your own parenting practices.


How will you keep the data safe?

Data will be accessed by authorized persons only. The project team will establish a designated space with limited key access and a locked filing cabinet to store the consent forms, complete surveys, interview notes, and the like. Video data collected during the two-week observation period will be stored digitally on a password-protected computer at Princeton University. Maintaining the integrity and security of the information we collect is of utmost importance. We are committed to ensuring that this material will not be made publicly available in any form or at any point in time without your written consent.


Who will see the video-recordings?

Only the members of the research team will have access to the video-recordings. We will not distribute or present pictures or video clips from the study without your written consent.


Will you use my name in your research reports?

No. We will not use your name or any information that would identify you in any of our reports.


What will you do with the information you collect?

Our aim is to distribute the results of this study to a wider public in the form of academic papers and articles, books, policy memos, conference presentation, public lectures, and discussions with the news media. This study will deepen our understanding of how families teach their children and lead to innovative solutions to help more children to become school-ready, and more schools to become “children-ready.”


What will you do if you observe child abuse?

In accordance with New Jersey law, we are required to report child abuse/neglect or acts of child abuse immediately to the Division of Child Protection and Permanency.