Preschool teacher smiling at young child playing with cookie cutters

Juniper Gardens Children's Project

Through our research, we foster children's social well-being and academic achievement, collaborate with the communities we serve to generate solutions, and provide training and support for service providers, parents and educators.

improving Children's Lives

A preschool teacher holding a book out for a group of children clustered around her while another teacher looks on

Driven by Community Needs

Since 1961, the Juniper Gardens Children’s Project has developed meaningful solutions to improve the care and educational experiences of children in the Greater Kansas City area and beyond. We are a collaboration between the local urban community, KU faculty and students, and partner organizations.
Two preschool aged children playing with a Playskool pop up toy at a table

Evidence-Based Solutions

We research how children develop and how they learn. We study how families, teachers and caregivers can most effectively enhance children’s outcomes, and we make our research accessible to professionals, parents and the public.
children playing with Play-Dough and cookie cutters with a smiling teacher

Working Together

We are researchers who specialize in behavior analysis, special education, early childhood education, personnel preparation and technological solutions who offer training and support to service providers, parents, educators and the next generation of professionals.

Our Impact

postdoctoral researchers trained
in external research funding in the past 10 years
years of community-engaged research

Research News

If you’ve ever witnessed the blur of activity that is a typical preschool-age child, it can be difficult to imagine them as disciplined research partners. Yet for more than 20 years, scientists at KU have studied interventions that pair young children with peers of similar age who have autism spectrum disorder. The NIH recently awarded a $345,000 grant to investigators to further their research with up to 40 preschool children with autism spectrum disorder.
a teacher with two children looking at an iPad to communicate