Strengthening Children's Lives Through Science and Community Engagement

Mission


 

We are a University of Kansas research center based in Kansas City, Kansas. Our mission is to promote children’s social well-being and academic achievement by improving the quality of their care and education through the use of evidence-based practices.​

We value

  • Contributing to the scientific knowledge of how children develop and learn, and how families, teachers and caregivers can most effectively enhance children’s outcomes. Translating our research findings and making scientific findings accessible to professionals, parents and the public.
  • Building collaborative partnerships with community agencies, organizations, schools, and individuals to help identify problems and generate solutions.
  • Sustaining a work environment that promotes collegiality, supports diversity, and promotes the well-being and professional development of all employees.
  • Promoting the next generation of researchers who understand the value of working in community settings.·   

JGCP Principles - All research, development, and dissemination at JGCP is guided by the following principles:  

  • Evidence-based: All practices disseminated by JGCP are supported by empirical evidence, and those that are under development are building an evidence base using scientifically rigorous methods appropriate for the target population and setting.
  • Diversity: Research and development conducted at JGCP involves participants from diverse backgrounds
  • Community engagement: All research and development activities include participants from local, national, and/or international community partner organizations.
  • Technology: Technology is used to improve usability, develop innovative interventions, increase access, and support large scale dissemination of evidence-based practices, services and training.
  • Prevention: Interventions, practices, and tools developed at JGCP support early identification of needs at both the individual and group levels.
  • Implementation Science: Evidence-based practices are scaled up using evidence-based approaches, and new approaches are developed and tested to further the field’s understanding of effective, large-scale implementation methods.
  • Quality of Life: Evidence-based practices are developed with the goal of improving targeted outcomes, but also to improve immediate and future quality of life for children and families.
 

What's New
Job Opportunities
  • Graduate Research Assistant: We are seeking a Graduate Research Assistant (GRA) to work 40% FTE (16 hours per week) for the next year of the Bridging the Word Gap (BWG) Research Network project (1 year). The GRA will work under the guidance of the Project Co-Principal Investigators and the Project Coordinator to plan and create materials to implement a language intervention study in multiple sectors in the community. The GRA will regularly attend project meetings and will be responsible primarily for assisting with BWG-related intervention studies.   The GRA will also be available to the Executive Team to assist in completion of project-specific tasks. For more information and to apply, click hereKU is an EO/AAE
  • Graduate Research AssistantWe are seeking a Graduate Research Assistant (GRA) to work 50% FTE (20 hours per week) for the next year of the Bridging the Word Gap (BWG) Research Network project (1 year). The GRA will work on the project under the guidance of the Project Co-Principal Investigators and the Project Coordinator. The GRA will attend regular  BWG project meetings and will be responsible for assisting the Leadership Team and Work Groups in developing associated deliverables from research syntheses, and assisting with translation and dissemination of synthesis findings for diverse audiences including researchers, teachers, parents, and policymakers. For more information and to apply, click hereKU is an EO/AAE
  • Assistant/Associate Research Professor - Statistician: The KU Life Span Institute at Juniper Gardens is seeking to hire an Assistant or Associate Research Professor with statistical skills to work in a team environment on a range of educational and applied research projects. For more information and to apply, click here.  KU is an EO/AAE
 
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