Our Story

June 4, 2012 admin

Our Story

About Bancroft

Bancroft is a leading service-provider for children and adults with autism, other intellectual or developmental disabilities or those in need of neurological rehabilitation.

We provide a full continuum of highly effective services — for people of all ages and every level of abilities — based on best practices and scientifically proven techniques. Our services include special education, vocational training, supported employment, structured day programs, group home and apartment programs both on-campus and in the community, short-term behavioral stabilization services for children, and in-home and outpatient rehabilitation services.

As a nonprofit organization, we are solely committed to supporting people with special needs and their families, to help make it One World. For Everyone.

Over a century of experience

Margaret Bancroft

Bancroft was founded in 1883 as one of the nation’s first schools for children with developmental disabilities. Today, we are the fifth-largest employer in Camden County, N.J., helping more than 1,500 people annually reach their full potential for fulfilling and productive lives. Our campuses, group homes and apartments, day and vocational sites span Camden, Burlington, Gloucester, Middlesex, Ocean, and Salem counties in New Jersey, as well as Southeastern Pennsylvania and Delaware.

For nearly 130 years, Bancroft has been making a difference in the lives of many. We are well- known for helping people with disabilities achieve fulfilling lives while improving their function, activity and participation in society.

It all began with one remarkable woman — a young Philadelphia teacher named Margaret Bancroft — who started her school with one pupil. Over the years, Bancroft has become a leader in helping people live as independently as possible, through jobs, homes and leisure activities in their local communities. Combining rich tradition with an advanced vision, Bancroft continues to lead the way in our field.

Our Mission, Vision and Core Values

These key statements help define Bancroft and set us apart from other organizations. They also unify us, and provide the framework for Bancroft’s supports and services, decision-making and how we work together.


Bancroft provides opportunities to children and adults with diverse challenges to maximize their potential.


A community where every individual has a voice, a purpose and a rightful place in society.

Core Values

Respectful, Accountable, Results Driven, and Innovative

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