By By Kelly Granahan May 20, 2023


(Formerly The Professional Center for Child Development)

Chris Hunt, Executive Director PCD, announced May 17th that the nonprofit has rebranded with a new name, new logo, new website, but the SAME heart and professionalism that has been the foundation of the organization since its inception 50 years ago. It was founded in 1973 by Registered Nurses, Veryl Anderson (Hampton, NH), and Cindy Stocking to provide respite care services for a few local families and now serves more than 2,000 children annually.

The nonprofit will now go by Partners in Child Development, better reflecting the work they do, and the strategic and impactful community relationships required to do it. The new logo and website are part of a larger re-branding strategy to convey the growth vision and the impact the organization has had on the lives of the children and families they serve.

Hunt said, “In this day and age, nothing happens without a partnership. We have known this for decades, and as we head into a future of expansion through innovation in educational practices and new therapeutic approaches to better serve our students and families, we are pleased to focus on these pivotal relationships that span the entire community and region.”

State Representative Tram Nguyen (Andover, North Andover, Tewksbury, Boxford) joined the launch event to present PCD with a Citation, and had this to share with a packed house, “Thank you for 50 amazing years of doing incredible work in our community and I am just so proud to have this organization right in my district. We truly are partners in Child Development. We want to support this great work that you do in early intervention so that we can give you the resources you need to continue this work that you do.”

Representative Nguyen read the citation and highlighted the many other representatives who signed the citation adding this “This shows just how many communities you impact and why it’s so important to continue this partnership with you.”

Kelley Granahan, Director of Development and Marketing for PCD added, “It took over a year and countless conversations with a wide range of stakeholders to discover the compelling name even though it was there in plain sight the entire time.” She continued, “We have only gotten to where we are in serving children of all abilities because of the partnerships we have developed. We are pleased that our new name reflects those critical relationships.”

Jared Beausoleil, parent of Eva Beausoleil, a student in the Anderson School Program (educating children with complicated medical challenges and developmental delays) and new PCD board member, had this to say about the organization, “The impact that this school has had on Eva, my family and I has been nothing less than monumental. It’s not just caregiving, it’s enriching and has given Eva a childhood. With the incredible visionary work PCD is doing, I have joined the board even though Eva has aged out of the Anderson School. I am proud to have a role and I am committed to making sure we can continue to grow and provide these innovative and individualized services to more kids for a longer period.”

PCD partners with healthcare providers, donors, foundations, school districts, families, elected officials, government agencies, the community, other nonprofits, and a host of other groups to fulfill their mission – nurturing the growth and potential of every child.

Watch the rebrand launch video ( PCD Name Reveal Video - YouTube or use the  QR CODE BELOW) to learn more about their foundational past, 50 years of growth and heart, and current vision to expand and innovate through strategic partnerships.


PCD is a 501c3 nonprofit human services organization that provides children of all abilities with a solid foundation for life-long learning through individualized educational and therapeutic programming. They serve over 2,000 children annually through 3 core programs:  

Anderson School - A comprehensive approved private special education school for students ages 3-12 who have multiple disabilities, or significant, complex medical needs.

Early Intervention Program - A therapeutic program for children under the age of three who are not reaching their age-appropriate milestones.

Woodbridge School - An experiential and child-centered early childhood education program for children ages 18 months to 5 years.


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