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 

Literacy 3D is an evidence-based intervention for preschools that wish to boost the literacy focus of teachers in the classroom using the CIRCLE observational measure. It offers schools a pathway to strengthen Tier 1 instruction, thereby leading to improved Early Literacy outcomes for all children, including those with disabilities, through Data Driven Decisions - the three D’s in Literacy 3D.
Literacy 3D employs procedures that support classroom literacy implementation, including didactic Professional Development and practice-based teacher Coaching.​


Recent Publications

  • "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.
  • "Exploring paraprofessional competence and classroom factors affecting teacher supervision," in the Journal Research in Developmental Disabilities (in press, link coming soon). Authored by Dwight Irvin, Paul Ingram, Jonathan Huffman, Rose Mason and Howard Wills. 

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What's New
Job Opportunities
  • Research Engineer (App Developer): We are seeking a full-time Research Engineer to design, implement, and maintain web and mobile applications. Existing applications at JGCP include learning management systems, web apps that support management of child assessment data, graphing, reporting, and data-driven decision making, and mobile apps to support parent-teacher communication and student self-management. As a member of JGCP’s Technology Innovation, Development & Research (TIDR) lab, the programmer will work with multiple internal research teams to develop new applications and maintain existing applications. View the full posting and apply here
  • Student Hourly Positions We are seeking to fill student hourly positions. These students will be responsible for data collection activities with preschool students and teachers, including administering literacy assessments to children, observing classroom instruction and interactions, and assisting in the preparation and delivery of data reports in the Kansas City Metro area, as well as data management and entry at our offices in downtown Kansas City, Kansas. View the full job posting and apply here.  
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