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PACT: Parents and Children Together

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What We Do

Through PACT, Penn State researchers increase the cultural sensitivity and impact of their research while improving lives in Harrisburg.

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How We Helped

PACT reaches out to the community through free family workshops and trainings for childcare employees, and in other ways as needed.

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What We've Learned

PACT brings what we’ve learned through research in Harrisburg back to community members, local organizations and our Community Advisory Board. 

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Parents and Children Together (PACT) is a Penn State University Park research initiative. The PACT Initiative works to promote the health and well-being of children, youth, and families from diverse backgrounds through culturally-sensitive and community-engaged research projects implemented by Penn State researchers. PACT is funded through contributions from Penn State's Psychology Department, Social Science Research Institute (SSRI), Child Study Center (CSC), College of Health and Human Development, Human Development and Family Studies, and participating research projects.

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Dawn Witherspoon featured in video from The Society for Research in Child Development
The Society for Research in Child Development (SRCD) recently published a video from the 2019 Biennial SRCD pre-conference, “Conceptualizing and Measuring Culture, Context, Race and Ethnicity: A Focus on Science, Ethics, and Collaboration in the Spirit of 2044”, featuring Dawn Witherspoon.
Community Spotlight: The KING Community Center
The KING Community Center's Girls' Summer Enrichment Program provides opportunities for young girls.
10th Annual LHACC Caribbean Luna Night
The Latino Hispanic American Community Center (LHACC) held its annual fundraiser, Caribbean Luna Night, on Friday, July 12th, at the Hershey Lodge.
New Director Announced for PACT
Dawn Witherspoon, Associate Professor and McCourtney Family Early Career Professor in Psychology at Penn State, was named as the incoming Director of PACT effective July 1, 2019.
PACT welcomes Dr. Laura Bray
Assistant Professor of Education at Penn State, Laura Bray, has joined PACT as an Associate Director.
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