Therapeutic Nursery

“It still hurts for me to think about being homeless. The one good thing was that my children were at the Therapeutic Nursery. The staff members brightened up my children’s day and were there to listen to my problems. I will always look back on our experience at the Nursery with great warmth.”

-Therapeutic Nursery parent

Our Program

PACT Therapeutic NurseryPACT’s Therapeutic Nursery offers specialized child care and Early Head Start services for children under the age of three and their families who are living in homeless shelters. The program focuses on mental health interventions to promote parent and child attachment and enhance stability in the family.

The Therapeutic Nursery is accredited by the Maryland State Department of Education and is licensed by the Maryland Office of Child Care Administration.

The Early Head Start Child Care Center is funded by the Administration for Children, Youth & Families Head Start Bureau through Maryland Family Network.

Services We Offer

We offer the following services for eligible families:

  • Quality child care
  • Activities to promote parent-child attachment, such as parent counseling, videotaping parent and child interactions as a training tool, and family traditions groups
  • Family support and assistance in accessing medical and other community resources
  • Speech and language, physical, and occupational therapies


The Therapeutic Nursery also provides training for child care professionals, including:

  • Infant mental health and parent child attachment trainings for professionals by nationally recognized experts
  • Certification in research based parent and child interaction assessment tools
  • Statewide trainings for child care professionals


2014 “Let’s spend more time together like this!” Fussy baby infusion in a Baltimore homeless nursery program, by Kim Cosgrove and Carole Norris-Shortle, Zero to Three Journal

2011 Mindful awareness play” by Amy Bloom Connolly, Kim Cosgrove, Carole Norris-Shortle and Susan Taylor. Play Therapy Magazine

2010 Supporting positive parenting for young children experiencing homelessness by Alison Melley, Kim Cosgrove, Carole Norris-Shortle, Laurel Kiser, Eric Levey, Catherine A. Coble and Audrey Leviton. Zero to Three Journal

2006 "Targeted Interventions for Homeless Children at a Therapeutic Nursery" by Carole Norris-Shortle, Alison Melley, Laurel Kiser, Eric Levey, Kim Cosgrove, and Audrey Leviton. Zero to Three Journal


The Therapeutic Nursery provides child care and Early Head Start services to children 8 weeks to 36 months of age and their families who are currently living in homeless shelters.

Contact Information

Therapeutic Nursery
1114 N. Mount St.
Baltimore, Maryland 21217
Phone: (410) 982-0845 Ext. 201
Fax: (410) 982-0844