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Strengthening Children's Lives Through Science and Community Engagement

COVID 19 parent teacher resources

Our center has temporarily transitioned to working remotely due to the Coronavirus pandemic. Please see our page of resources developed through Juniper Gardens that parents and teachers may find helpful during this time. 
All data collection has been postponed per university policy to slow the transmission of Coronavirus. We expect all research activities to resume as soon as possible. Although a research team member should have been in contact with your about your project, please contact a staff person associated with your project if you have questions.

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. Together we leverage public support and private giving to create a healthy and equitable future for the children and families in our community.



Post Docs Trained



External Research Funding 2014-2019


55 Years

of Community-Engaged Research

autism and other developmental disabilities | community-engaged research | evidence-based practice | improving evaluation and practice in home, classroom and community settings | learning and development | social, behavioral and academic school success | technology, accessibility and inclusivity in schools

Improving Children’s lives

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At Juniper Gardens Children’s project, 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. Our research spans behavior analysis, special education, early childhood education, and  personnel preparation.

Solutions driven by community needs

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Our work is based on finding solutions to problems identified by local parents, providers, and community leaders. We generate solutions by developing collaborative partnerships with community agencies, organizations, schools, and individuals.

Training and support for service providers, parents and educators

Teacher with students

Educators and caregivers play a vital role in supporting the social and emotional development of children. We offer training to teachers, paraprofessionals and providers in classroom management and teaching practices. We also train the next generation of researchers, teachers and providers by mentoring University of Kansas students completing their undergraduate and post graduate degrees.