Strengthening Children's Lives Through Science and Community Engagement

Dale Walker

Associate Research Professor
Primary office:
Phone: (913) 321-3143, ext. 2602
Life Span Institute
Juniper Gardens Children's Project
444 Minnesota Avenue, Suite 300
Kansas City, KS 66101-2914


Research

  • Evidence-based naturalistic language practices for promoting the communication of infants and toddlers.
  • Intervention with child care providers, teachers and parents to bridge the word gap.
  • Progress monitoring assessment and observation practices with infants and young children.
  • Measuring fidelity of intervention implementation.

Selected Grants

Ongoing Research Support
  1. UA6MC27762 - Carta, (PI), Greenwood, C. (CoPI), and Walker, D. (CoPI) - 09/01/14-08/31/16 - Bridging the Word Gap Research Network
  2. H327S140024 - Buzhardt (PI), Greenwood, C. (CoPI), and Walker, D. (CoPI) - 09-01/14-08/31/19 - Stepping Up - Implementation of IGDI technology to improve data-based decision making for infants and toddlers with or at-risk disabilities. Website
  3. H326M070005 - Walker (PI) Atwater and Bigelow (CoPI's) - 01/01/08-12/31/12 - Center for Promoting Language & Literacy Readiness in Early Childhood
  4. United Way of Wyandotte County (KCCTF) - Walker (PI) - 01/01/12-12/31/12 -Talk, Read, Play: Impact of a Collaborative Informational Campaign - website
  5. Kansas Department of Health and Environment (HRSA) - Walker (CoPI)  Bigelow (PI) - 09/30/11-09/29/15 - Kansas Maternal, Infant and Early Childhood Home Visiting Program
  6. R62MC24946 - Walker (CoPI) Bigelow (PI) - 09/01/12-08/31/15 - Project Engage: Building Parents’ Capacity to Improve Child Language Outcomes
  7.  Walker (PI) Buzhardt (CoPI) - Developing and Testing a Model for the Use of Meaningful Outcome Measures for Infants and Toddlers - Website

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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