Strengthening Children's Lives Through Science and Community Engagement


Juniper Gardens Children's Project (JGCP) began in the mid-1960s when residents of Northeast Kansas City, Kansas, joined with KU faculty to address concerns about child development in a low-income community. Their goal, which has become the ongoing mission of the JGCP, is to improve area children's developmental and educational experiences, and thus their academic and social achievements.
Since its inception, the project has sought to develop meaningful solutions to what local citizens view as major problems. JGCP also provides a place for KU faculty and students to learn from the wisdom and experiences of the urban community. Together, the community and the university have designed programs to intervene in and improve the parenting, care, and instruction received by children in the Greater Kansas City area and the United States. 

Featured Project 

ASD On The Go is a multi-component intervention for individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD). The intervention focuses on improving social communication, organization/planning, and problem-solving skills, and can be individualized to the user. Features of ASD On The Go include: a) learning through modules (available for free online), b) coaching support, and c) self-monitoring.

The ASD On The Go intervention is most appropriate for individuals with ASD who are working to become more engaged in work, school, and community settings, and can be accessed by a special education teacher, school counselor, behavioral therapist, parent or guardian, or the individual with ASD.



Recent Publications

  • "Student and Teacher Outcomes from a Multi-Site Randomized Replication Trial," in the Elementary School Journal. Authored by Howard P. Wills, Debra Kamps, Paul Caldarella, & Joe Wehby. (In Press).
  • "Web-based Support for Data-based Decision Making: Effect of Intervention Implementation on Children’s Communication," in the Journal of Early Intervention (in press, link coming soon). Authored by Jay Buzhardt, Dale Walker, Charles Greenwood, Fan Jia, Alana Schnitz, Susan Higgins, Debra Montagna and Christine Muehe. 
  • "Automated Language Environment Analysis (LENA): A Research Synthesis," in the American Journal of Speech-Language Pathology (in press, link coming soon). Authored by Charles Greenwood, Alana Schnitz, Dwight Irvin, Shu-Fei Tsai, and Judy Carta.  
  • "An eco-behavioral analysis of child academic engagement: Implications for preschool children not responding to instructional intervention," in the journal Topics in Early Childhood Special Education (in press, link coming soon). Authored by Charles Greenwood, Connie Beecher, Jane Atwater, Sarah Petersen, Jeanie Schiefelbusch and Dwight Irvin.

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Job Opportunities
  • Postdoctoral Researcher: The KU Life Span Institute at Juniper Gardens is interested in developing expertise in behavioral interventions and outcome measures for individuals with autism spectrum disorders (ASD). For more information and to apply, click hereKU is an EO/AAE
  • Research Project Coordinator: The KU Life Span Institute at Juniper Gardens is seeking to hire a Research Project Coordinator to manage early childhood research and development activities. The coordinator will monitor and support research and development activities, ensuring that projects achieve milestones on time. Activities to be coordinated include development of web and mobile applications, as well as research activities such as adminsitration of child assessments in centers and or families' homes. For more information and to apply, click here. KU is an EO/AAE
  • Assistant/Associate Research Professor - Statistician: The KU Life Span Institute at Juniper Gardens is seeking to hire an Assistant or Associate Research Professor with statistical skills to work in a team environment on a range of educational and applied research projects. For more information and to apply, click here.  KU is an EO/AAE
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