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PACT: Helping Children with Special Needs

The first five years of a child’s life are the most critical in terms of development.  It is during this time that 90 percent of a child’s brain growth occurs, accompanied by the cognitive development that often determines the course of the child’s future.

Yet, for many children, those critical years are spent just trying to survive.  

PACT: Helping Children with Special Needs provides:

  • The only medical child care center in Central Maryland where nurses and child care staff work together to care for young children with complex medical needs
  • The only child care center and Early Head Start program in Baltimore City for homeless infants and toddlers
  • The only parent training program in the state of Maryland for parents who have intellectual disabilities and have a child under age threePACT offers these young children and their families hope when they have nowhere else to turn.  Ensuring that all children get the proper start in life is the goal that has been driving PACT since 1981.


PACT’s mission is to promote the development of young children with special needs and their families through specialized child care, early intervention services, family support services, parent education, counseling, and professional training.

Bradley L. Schlaggar, M.D., Ph.D., Named President and CEO of Kennedy Krieger Institute

We’re thrilled to welcome Bradley L. Schlaggar, M.D., Ph.D., to the Kennedy Krieger family as our next President and CEO.
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