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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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Community Spotlight: The Camp Curtin Branch of the Harrisburg Area YMCA
In Uptown Harrisburg, the Camp Curtin Branch of the Harrisburg Area YMCA provides a sanctuary where kids can develop spiritually, mentally, and physically.
Dr. Koraly Pérez-Edgar spotlighted by SRCD Latino Caucus
The overall mission of the SRCD Latino Caucus is to promote conceptually and methodologically rigorous research conducted with Latino children, youth, and families that represents their (1) diversity, (2) normative development, and (3) inherent strengths (cultural, linguistic, etc.).
Congratulations to Kristin Buss on being selected as head of the Penn State Psychology Department
Kristin worked closely with other faculty to established Parents and Children Together (PACT), a Penn State University Park research initiative housed in Harrisburg, PA.
New York Times Parenting cites Koraly Pérez-Edgar's research for article on supporting your shy child
New York Times Parenting provides guidance and support to new and expecting parents.
Dawn Witherspoon leads workshop on strategies for engaging diverse communities in research
On Nov. 4, 20 graduate students and postdoctoral fellows from Penn State's colleges of Health and Human Development, Liberal Arts and Education participated in a four-hour workshop to learn strategies for engaging diverse communities in their research.
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