COVID-19 Updates: Learn about how Hello Baby is supporting local parents at a safe distance.

Promoting Development and School Success

Two local studies, The Pittsburgh Study and Preterm Connect are working to identify factors that lead to healthy development and success in school. Both are looking for families to participate.

The Pittsburgh Study

The Pittsburgh Study, which began enrolling children in 2019, is a long-term study designed to find the best ways to give children the support they need to develop appropriately and graduate from high school on time. Children of any age, birth through high school, can enroll in the study, which will ask about children’s health, school, environment and family. Parents and caregivers will also be asked about their health and experiences, and information will be collected from health and other records.

The study is run by Children’s Hospital and the University of Pittsburgh, which are partnering with community organizations and institutions to design and provide input to the study. Children can enroll at any age. Learn more by contacting Marcela Souza at 412-692-8026 or

Preterm Connect

Preterm Connect, an app and research study designed by Stanford University’s Center for Policy, Outcomes and Prevention, allows mothers to engage in a virtual community, message privately with each other, and access information about pre- and post-pregnancy health. Moms can also access real-time data about their own and their baby’s health. The data collected through the app will be used to improve predictive tools and services that have the potential to reduce preterm births in high-risk populations as well as infant mortality and morbidity. To get started, click below.