PACT: Helping Children with Special Needs

PACT Building • 7000 Tudsbury Rd. • Baltimore, MD 21244

Director:

Audrey N. Leviton, LCSW-C

About Our Program:

PACT: Helping Children with Special Needs focuses on the provision of specialized child care for children facing challenging situations (i.e., significant medical and/or developmental disabilities/delays, homelessness), training to enhance the ability of child care providers to serve children o all abilities, and center- and home-based training for parents with intellectual disabilities who have children under the age of three.

Our Services:

PACT operates three programs: a specialized child care program for children, ages 0-5, who are medically fragile and/or have developmental disabilities or delays, a therapeutic nursery for infants and toddlers and their parents who are currently or recently homeless, and a supported parenting program for mothers and/or fathers who are intellectually disabled and have young children under the age of three.

  • World of Care: World of Care provides specialized child care services to children ages six weeks to five years of age with medical conditions requiring daily nursing interventions, and/or developmental disabilities/delays. World of Care also offers before- and after-school care for children ages three and four who meet the medical eligibility requirements. World of Care is accredited by the Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE), an honor only afforded to approximately 20 percent of child care centers in Maryland. World of Care's staff includes nurses, social workers, special educators and specially trained child care workers. Daily nursing assessments are provided to all medically fragile children. Physical, occupational and speech/language therapies are provided as needed by Comprehensive Therapy Center therapists. Mental health services are provided by PACT social workers. World of Care is one of only two medically-based child care centers in the state. It serves children and families from the entire Baltimore metropolitan region.
  • Growing Together: Growing Together is a supported parenting program for mothers and fathers with intellectual disabilities who have children under age three. The program has a dual focus: teaching safe, effective and nurturing parenting techniques while also providing parent-child developmental activities to enhance the child's developmental progress. Children can also receive on-site physical, occupational and speech therapies as needed. Growing Together is the only supported parenting program of its type in Maryland.
  • Therapeutic Nursery: The Therapeutic Nursery is a child care center in Baltimore City for children under age three who either live with their parents in homeless shelters or were homeless and are now living in the community. The Therapeutic Nursery is an Early Head Start program and meets all federal and state child care licensing requirements. All children are provided with developmental screenings and receive physical, occupational and/or speech language therapy, if needed. In addition to child care services, the nursery offers a strong mental health component designed to strengthen families and promote parent-child bonding. In addition, the nursery staff assist families by identifying, referring, and coordinating community resources and services to meet the needs of all family members.

Hours of Operation:

  • World of Care: Monday - Friday, 7:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
  • Growing Together: Monday and Wednesday, 9:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. (in the center; home-based services are also provided to families)
  • Therapeutic Nursery: Monday - Friday, 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Contacts:

PACT:
7000 Tudsbury Road
Baltimore, MD 21244
Phone: (410) 298-7000
Fax: (410) 448-7366

World of Care:
Sharon Holloway
Phone: (410) 298-7000
Email: holloway@kennedykrieger.org

Growing Together:
Bridget McCusker
Phone: (410) 298-7000
Email: mccusker@kennedykrieger.org

Therapeutic Nurseries:
Kim Cosgrove
Phone: (410) 298-7000
Email: cosgrove@kennedykrieger.org

Related Materials and Information
Additional Diagnoses Served: 
Cognitive Delay
Encephalopathy
Prader-Willi Syndome
Seizure disorder
Sensorineural hearing loss
Spastic hemiplegia