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
  • Research Project Coordinator: Juniper Gardens Children's Project (JGCP) is seeking to hire a Research Project Coordinator to manage early childhood research and technology development activities. Activities to be coordinated include development of web and mobile applications, as well as research activities such as administration of child assessments in centers and/or families’ homes. For more information and to apply online, click hereKU is an EO/AAE
  • Postdoctoral Researchers (Early Intervention): Juniper Gardens Children’s Project (JGCP) is recruiting 2 postdoctoral researchers interested in developing expertise in designing, implementing and disseminating research carried out while developing evidence-based practices with community partners focused on early intervention, early care, and early education settings. The postdoctoral position is a full-time (100% FTE), 2 years, research-dedicated fellowship. Postdoctoral researchers will learn and develop new advances in the prevention and intervention of learning and behavior problems in young children. For more information and to apply online, click hereKU is an EO/AAE
  • Student Hourly (Data Collectors): Juniper Gardens Children’s Project, a community-based research institute affiliated with the University of Kansas, 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 4-10 student hourly employees 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. For more information and to apply online, click hereKU is an EO/AAE
  • Assistant Researchers (Literacy Coaches): Juniper Gardens Children’s Project, a community-based research institute affiliated with the University of Kansas, 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 four part-time (50% - 75% FTE)  intervention coaches who will be responsible for coaching EC teachers in the Kansas City Metro area and in Lawrence, KS in the implementation of Literacy 3D to promote early literacy and oral language development in children ages 3-5. For more information and to apply, click hereKU is an EO/AAE
  • Graduate Research Assistant: The Juniper Gardens Children’s Project (JGCP: www.jgcp.ku.edu) is seeking a Graduate Research Assistant (GRA) at 50% – 75% FTE. The GRA would join a research team that is developing and testing technology to promote data-driven intervention decision making practices by practitioners serving infants and toddlers with or at-risk for disabilities. These decision-making practices are informed by practitioners use of Individual Growth and Development Indicators (IGDIs) for Infants and Toddlers (www.igdi.ku.edu).For information and to apply, click hereKU 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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