Guidelines for Conducting Research at Hoya Kids Learning Center
As Georgetown University is a research university, as stated in the University Mission
Statement, it is appropriate and in our best interest to support that mission by making provisions for a
limited amount of research to occur at Hoya Kids Learning Center. It is also paramount that we
consider the health, safety, and emotional well being of each child enrolled, while protecting the privacy
of families who wish not to participate.
HKLC approval. If the researcher already has IRB approval, he/she is asked to please submit the application along with the approved protocol, consent, and IRB approval.
Quarterly Review DatesMarch
*The Toddler classroom will initially only be eligible for study if it is conducted with the children on the playground, with the investigator observing from outside the fence. At this time no one-on-one interaction will be permitted. Expansion of study with this age group will be considered at a later time.
*The other classrooms in the Center are eligible within the guidelines below.
Study Content and Methodology
When considering proposals, the committee will examine the benefits of the study. Preference will be given to studies that will benefit the field of Early Childhood Education or Child Development and will potentially yield novel information.
At this time all research will be limited to Georgetown University faculty, staff, and students. Observation, however will be open to Students and/or professionals in the Early Childhood / Child Development (or related) field.
*All Investigators must submit the following documentation prior to Project review:
Conflict of Interest
Investigators will be asked on the application if they have a relationship with anyone involved in the center. This includes parents, teachers, committee members, etc.
The HKLC research committee places strict limits on the number of projects that are approved each quarter, and will make their decision(s) based on what the director and teachers feel the center and its families can handle during that quarter.
Hoya Kids Learning Center expects that investigators will keep in verbal contact with Center staff regarding progress.
Hoya Kids Learning Center and its families expect that the final published report be shared upon completion. HKLC families and staff would like to be invited to all paper presentations, and may ask the investigator to conduct a presentation at the Center when the information is of particular interest.
HKLC welcomes inquires regarding proposed research topics.
Many times we receive requests for observation only, that is not a part of a research project and yields no hard data. These individuals are often students of early childhood education or seeking to learn more for professional development reasons. In these cases, observers will follow all above guidelines (see asterisks) but will not be required to go through the committee approval process. The director, in consultation with classroom teachers, will review and grant or deny these requests individually.
Studies Conducted Outside of the HKLC
There may be cases in which studies are conducted off-campus but the investigator requests to advertise to parents of HKLC to determine their interest in participating in a study. In that case, the same requirements for review and approval as described above will apply. This is in order to offer the parents and children the same assurances of safety and privacy.