Strengthening Children's Lives Through Science and Community Engagement

Over 50 Years of Impact

The work at Juniper Gardens Children’s Project has impacted children, parents, teachers throughout the world in the areas of behavior analysis, special education, early childhood special education, education, and psychology, in personnel preparation, and in the practices and policies of special education. Some of our recent accomplishments include:

Recent Accomplishments

Individual Growth and Development Indicators (IGDIs)
Measures of Infants and Toddlers to Detect Early Signs of Developmental Delays and Support Intervention Decision Making

  • Over 65,000 assessments conducted with 21,000 infants and toddlers
  • 2,200 registered service providers in 28 states trained on the web-based support system

Class-Wide Function-Related Intervention Teams (CW-FIT)
Strategies that Help Teachers Manage Students’ Classroom Behavior

  • 4,000 students in 7 states have benefited

Autism Peer Networks (APN)
Social-Communication and Literacy Training for Young Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)

  • 400 children with ASD have been served
  • 600 people in KS have been trained to use

Online and Applied System for Intervention Services (OASIS)
Tele-Coaching to Help Families of Children with ASD Improve Socially Appropriate Behaviors

  • 82 families have received tele-coaching training
  • 685 service providers across rural KS have been trained

Model Demonstration Center for Promoting Language and Readiness
Intervention Strategies and Tools that Build the Capacity of Adults to Support Children’s Language Development

  • 600 infants and toddlers at-risk and with developmental disabilities have benefited
  • 250 early childhood teachers and home visitors have been trained

Project Engage
Program Using Text Messaging to Enhance Parent Use of Child Language Promoting Strategies

  • 11,731 supportive and instructive coaching text messages sent by
  • 67 home visitors to 148 families

Center for Response to Intervention in Early Childhood
With an Aim to Test and Validate Language and Literacy Interventions for Preschoolers not Making Progress

  • 20 studies in 4 states in 5 years
  • 4,000 preschoolers in 4 states screened & provided with early literacy & language instruction

A Web-Based Remote Coaching System that Promotes the Social-Emotional Health of Infants

  • 2,400 remote video-based coaching sessions completed by
  • 200 mothers and 50 home visitors in 3 states

Joint Attention Mediated Learning (JAML)
A Parent Mediated strategy to improve social communication for toddlers with ASD

  • 175 toddlers and their parents in KS, MO, NC, and IN have benefited

A Self-Monitoring and Mentoring System for At-Risk High School Students

  • 1,500 students supported

Research Leadership Training Program
A Research to Practice Training Program in an Urban Community

  • 71 postdoctoral fellows trained
  • 200 graduate research assistants trained
This represents only a small portion of the work at JGCP.  Please contact us to discuss specific projects or for general information.

What's New
Job Opportunities
  • Assistant Researcher: We are seeking a part-time to full-time Assistant Researcher for a research project that focuses on developing and implementing a coaching model for an elementary classroom management intervention. Approximately 4 school districts and 20 elementary schools with students at risk for school failure will participate in the project and contribute to the development of the program. For more information and to apply, go hereKU is an EO/AAE.
  • Graduate Research Assistant: We are seeking 1-3 graduate research assistant(s) with studies or background in applied behavioral science, special education, psychology, school psychology or related field. The primary purpose of this project is to support high-needs elementary students with the CW-FIT Program (a classroom management intervention) while building for scale and sustainability by developing a district coaching model. For more information and to apply, go hereKU is an EO/AAE.
  • Postdoctoral Researcher: The Postdoctoral Program at the Juniper Gardens Children’s Project (JGCP) seeks a postdoctoral researcher. The purpose of the proposed project is to provide a Quantitative Postdoctoral Researcher with experience that will enable them to conduct high quality behavioral, educational, and special education research in childhood settings. The goal of the training program is to prepare quantitative researchers with the collaborative and methodological skills necessary to conduct next generation of research. For more information and to apply go hereKU is an EO/AAE.
  • Postdocotral Researcher: The Postdoctoral Research Program at the Juniper Gardens Children’s Project (JGCP) is recruiting two postdoctoral researchers interested in developing expertise in carrying out community-engaged research to develop and implement evidence-based practices focused on early intervention, early care, and early education settings. The postdoctoral position is a full-time (100% FTE), 2 years, research-dedicated fellowship.  For more information and to apply, go hereKU is an EO/AAE.
Training Opportunities
  • We will be offering a TPITOS certification training workshop in Kansas City, Kansas at the Juniper Gardens Children’s Project on January 30-31, 2020.​ The TPITOS™ is a tool for ensuring that infant–toddler teachers are implementing the Pyramid Model for Promoting Social Emotional Competence in Infants and Young Children with fidelity. Email for more information or register for the workshop by clicking the link.
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