Strengthening Children's Lives Through Science and Community Engagement

Mission


 

We are a University of Kansas research center based in Kansas City, Kansas. Our mission is to promote children’s social well-being and academic achievement by improving the quality of their care and education through the use of evidence-based practices.​

We value

  • Contributing to the scientific knowledge of how children develop and learn, and how families, teachers and caregivers can most effectively enhance children’s outcomes. Translating our research findings and making scientific findings accessible to professionals, parents and the public.
  • Building collaborative partnerships with community agencies, organizations, schools, and individuals to help identify problems and generate solutions.
  • Sustaining a work environment that promotes collegiality, supports diversity, and promotes the well-being and professional development of all employees.
  • Promoting the next generation of researchers who understand the value of working in community settings.·   

JGCP Principles - All research, development, and dissemination at JGCP is guided by the following principles:  

  • Evidence-based: All practices disseminated by JGCP are supported by empirical evidence, and those that are under development are building an evidence base using scientifically rigorous methods appropriate for the target population and setting.
  • Diversity: Research and development conducted at JGCP involves participants from diverse backgrounds
  • Community engagement: All research and development activities include participants from local, national, and/or international community partner organizations.
  • Technology: Technology is used to improve usability, develop innovative interventions, increase access, and support large scale dissemination of evidence-based practices, services and training.
  • Prevention: Interventions, practices, and tools developed at JGCP support early identification of needs at both the individual and group levels.
  • Implementation Science: Evidence-based practices are scaled up using evidence-based approaches, and new approaches are developed and tested to further the field’s understanding of effective, large-scale implementation methods.
  • Quality of Life: Evidence-based practices are developed with the goal of improving targeted outcomes, but also to improve immediate and future quality of life for children and families.
 

What's New
Job Opportunities

Graduate Research Assistants (GRA): JGCP is seeking Graduate Research Assistants. The GRAs will assist with data collection activities with preschool students and teachers, including administering literacy assessments to children, observing classroom instruction and teacher-child interactions, and assisting in the preparation and delivery of data reports in the Kansas City Metro, as well as data management and entry. Apply here

Assistant Researcher/Coach (50-75% FTE): JGCP is conducting a research program aimed at evaluating how a Practice Based Coaching model (Literacy 3D) can be used to enhance the literacy focus of early childhood (EC) teachers through data-driven decision making and strategies that boost children’s opportunities to respond in literacy activities. We are seeking an intervention coach who will be responsible for coaching Early Childhood teachers in the Kansas City Metro area in the implementation of Literacy 3D to promote early literacy and oral language development in children ages 3-5. Learn more and apply here

Graduate Research Assistant (GRA): JGCP is seeking a GRA to work 50% FTE (20 hours per week) for the next year of the project (1 year) on the Bridging the Word Gap Research Network Project. The GRA will attend regular project meetings and will be responsible for assisting the Leadership Team and Work Groups in developing associated deliverables from research syntheses, and assisting with translation and dissemination of synthesis findings for diverse audiences including researchers, teachers, parents, and policymakers. He/she will also provide support to the Practice Based Research Collaborative and assist with BWG related intervention studies. The GRA will also be available to the Executive Team to assist with the completion of project-specific tasks including maintaining the project website and creating the bi-monthly network newsletter. Apply here

Temporary Assistant Researchers: JCGP is looking for 1-2 temporary Assistant Researchers, at 50%-75% time, who 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, as well as data management and entry at our offices in downtown Kansas City, KS. Learn more and apply here

Student Hourly Positions: JGCP is seeking 2-4 Student Hourlies who 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, as well as data management and entry at our offices in downtown Kansas City, KS. Apply here

KU is an Equal Opportunity Employer

 
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