Notice from National Children's Study
Children’s Study (NCS) Vanguard Data and Sample Archive and Access
Archive) is pleased to announce that study visit data spanning 42
months of child follow-up are now available. The NCS Archive is a
federally funded data resource that provides research opportunities at
no cost to users.
The NCS Vanguard was a pilot for a planned cohort study
of environmental influences on child health and development. Starting
in 2009, recruitment strategies were tested in 43 counties across 31
states throughout the U.S. The study enrolled over 5,600 birth
families and followed them through 2014. At study visits,
questionnaires and interviews, neuro-psychosocial and cognitive
assessments, and physical examination data were collected, along with
nearly 25,000 biological and environmental primary samples from which
a sample repository of over 250,000 items was created. That
information and material is now available through the NCS Archive for
approved research projects by qualified investigators.
Archive now offers child study visit data from birth to 42 months of
age, in addition to pregnancy study visit data.
For detailed instructions regarding working in the NCS Archive, refer
to the online help document located under the Help tab on the home
Additional information is available on the NCS
web page of the NICHD public website. For support
questions, please email
We remind users that the purpose of the NCS Vanguard
Study was to test procedures for use in a larger study, and due to its
pilot nature, identical evaluations were not conducted on all
We hope you visit and find the NCS Archive a valuable
resource. We welcome your comments or questions at NCSArchive@s-3.com.