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Pat Cameron

Pat Cameron joined the staff of Federation for Children with Special Needs in January as the Director of Family TIES (Together in Enhancing Support).

Family TIES, funded through the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH), serves as the central directory for early intervention (EI) services across the commonwealth, connecting families who have young children with special needs to EI programs in their area.

Pat oversees six Family TIES regional coordinators who are located in satellite DPH offices across the commonwealth. These coordinators know resources in their regions and can help connect families with children, ages birth to 22 years, to activities and resources.

In addition, she oversees Parent to Parent of Massachusetts (P2P Mass.), a one-on-one parent mentoring program. Through the group, parents can be matched to a parent who has had a similar life experience in order to provide emotional support about a child’s diagnosis, sibling issues, transition questions, and more. P2P Mass. is affiliated with the national Parent to Parent group, P2P USA.

Pat comes to the Federation from the Center of Applied Research Solutions where she provided technical assistance to six states implementing a Project LAUNCH (Linking Actions for Unmet Needs in Children’s Health) grant. Prior to that, Pat worked on several projects at Education Development Center, Inc., (EDC) in Waltham.

She worked at the Center for Early Childhood Professionals in Warwick, R.I., providing technical assistance to administrators of early childhood programs across that state to improve the quality of their programs. In addition, she monitored $6 million in local grants to providers through Race to the Top/Early Childhood Challenge grant.

Prior to that, Pat worked as the early childhood specialist on Safe School/Healthy Students grant program, and a technical assistance specialist on Project LAUNCH.

Pat also worked as the Section 619 coordinator for preschool special education for the Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care.

“I am delighted to be at the Federation and working collaboratively with the Department of Public Health’s Division for Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs,” Pat said.

Pat is located at both the Federation’s office in Boston at pcameron@fcsn.org or 617-236-7210 x380 and the DPH office in Boston at patricia.a.cameron@massmail.state.ma.us or 617-624-5563.