Institute Affiliate - PACT: Helping Children With Special Needs

PACT: Helping Children with Special Needs, a Baltimore-based non-profit children's organization, began in 1981 as one of the first early intervention programs in Maryland. In March 1998, PACT became affiliated with the Kennedy Krieger Institute. The affiliation between the two organizations expanded the range of services offered at Kennedy Krieger and resulted in a comprehensive service delivery system for children with disabilities and their families. Audrey Leviton, LCSW-C, director of Kennedy Krieger's Child and Family Support Center, became PACT’s executive director.

PACT programs primarily focus on children age five and under. These programs include:

  • World of Care, for children who are medically fragile and/or developmentally delayed. World of Care is the only medically-based childcare center in the Baltimore metropolitan region and is staffed by nurses and specially equipped for children with medical challenges.
  • PACT's Therapeutic Nursery, the only child care program in Baltimore specifically designed for infants and toddlers whose families are living in homeless shelters. In 2008, PACT opened a second Nursery for infants and toddlers and their parents who were homeless and are now living in the community. In addition to developmental screening and therapies, the program offers a mental health component designed to strengthen families and promote parent-child bonding. Staff from this program also offer training in this model to other organizations that serve children who are at high risk for developing emotional and developmental disabilities.
  • PACT's Comprehensive Therapy Center offers center and community based physical, occupational and speech/language therapies as well as service coordination, educational transitional services, and counseling for parents and their children.
  • PACT's Inclusive Child Care Training Program provides training and mentoring to child care providers in strategies for including children of all abilities in their programs. Since its inception, the program has provided training to over 5,000 child care and early education providers. With 40 different training topics offered, this new initiative is increasing the number of high-quality early care and education programs in Maryland, and ensuring that children enter school fully ready to learn.

For more information about PACT: Helping Children with Special Needs, check out their clinical program page on this site or visit their website at

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