On Wednesday, February 20, 2019, the Life Span Institute will be raising funds as part of  ONE DAY. ONE KU , a 24- hour annual fundraiser for the University of Kansas. Two BWG projects have been selected to benefit from this year’s contributions to the Life Span Institute. The featured projects are described below and also featured in a short video. Donations can be made at any point on February 20 by clicking here.

PC Talks (led by Dale Walker, BWG Leadership Team Member) 

Pave the way for academic success in infancy. Increasing the interactive talk between very young children and their caregivers is a key factor in early brain and behavioral development, and it has been shown to contribute directly to academic achievement and success in school and beyond. Through the PC Talk program, researchers at the Juniper Gardens Children’s Project help parents and caregivers learn and become proficient at using communication strategies in their daily routines to increase language learning opportunities that infants and young children have at home and in child care. Gifts for this project will support development of a suite of online videos in English and Spanish and an app to help teach these strategies to parents and caregivers.

Child Development Summits (led by Joshuaa Allison-Burbank, BWG Emerging Scholar)

Speech-language pathologist Joshuaa Allison-Burbank and KU graduate students work with Native American families living in rural and urban Kansas communities to identify the needs of parents and unite them with resources. Among the topics addressed at these child development summits held in Kansas tribal communities are developmental disabilities, speech delay or hearing problems, early intervention options, and identifying parenting strategies to address behavior issues. Help expand this program to serve 150 families through three summits in northeast Kansas.