Our Research Strengths
At Juniper Gardens Children’s Project, our research focuses on improving the care and educational experiences of children. We leverage a combination of federal and state research awards and private philanthropic support for a wide variety of research projects, and we offer training to professionals, educators and parents as a part of that research focus. Specific areas of our research include:
- Learning and development in young children
- Social, behavioral and academic school success
- Improving evaluation and practice in home, classroom and community settings
- Technology, accessibility and inclusivity in schools
- Community-engaged research
- Autism and other developmental disabilities
Browse our current research projects below, or explore recent news about our research.
Helping parents improve language learning with children
Project Title: Professional Development to Support Implementation of the Promoting Communication Tools for Advancing Language in Kids (PC TALK) for Infants and Toddlers at Risk for or with Disabilities
Funding Agency: Department of Education, Institute of Educational Sciences
Award: $1.4 million
Primary Investigator: Dr. Kathy Bigelow
The primary objective of this project is to design and test a professional development and coaching approach to support early interventionists’ and home visitors’ (EIHV) implementation of the Promoting Communication Tools for Advancing Language in Kids (PC TALK) intervention. PC TALK is designed to build the capacity of parents to improve the language learning opportunities and outcomes of infants and toddlers at risk for or with disabilities. This project will focus on the iterative development and testing of a model for supporting home visitors and early interventionists in implementing PC TALK with families. Resources to be developed include professional development sessions, coaching tools, video tutorials, supports for using text messaging and the Talk Around Town mobile app, as well as development of a mobile app to collect data and generate parent feedback graphic displays.