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Starting Life Without a Home

The trauma of homelessness can have devastating and lasting effects on infants and toddlers. According to the National Center for Homeless Families, homeless children are sick at four times the rate of other children. They have twice the rate of learning disabilities, are twice as likely to repeat a grade in school, and have three times the rate of emotional and behavioral problems of non-homeless children.

Lending Your Support

Why we need your support

PACT is an independent affiliate of Kennedy Krieger Institute. Although affiliated, PACT retains its own 501(c)3 status and a separate Board of Directors, and is responsible for its own funding. Without your support, the families we serve would have nowhere else to turn for specialized child care and family support.

When you give to PACT, you are helping to ensure that the most vulnerable, young children will be able to receive the care and early intervention that will help them develop and thrive.

Training & Resources

Program Services

For Parents and Families

At PACT, we strongly believe that parents, families and caregivers should play an integral role in their children’s treatment and care. We are committed to working closely with you and other caregivers to provide you with information and training on how you can best foster your child’s developmental progress. We are also aware that many parents are struggling with the multiple challenges of raising children with special needs while, at the same time, meeting the needs of other family members.

About Us

PACT: Helping Children with Special Needs began as a demonstration project at the University of Maryland Hospital, Department of Pediatrics in 1978. Funded by Maryland Children’s Medical Services, it was one of Maryland’s first early intervention programs for infants and toddlers who were at high risk for or who had identified developmental delays.

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