Lucy Daniels Center

Rating: 4.9 stars   30 reviews

Issues: Children & Youth, Mental Health, Education

Location: 9003 Weston Parkway Cary NC 27513 USA

Mission: The Lucy Daniels Center helps children live emotionally healthy lives through in-depth evaluation and treatment, family involvement, and education.
Target demographics: Children birth to age 11 who are experiencing social and emotional challenges, as well as more typically developing children.
Geographic areas served: Research Triangle Region: Raleigh, Durham, Chapel Hill, Pittsboro
Programs: Three school-based programs serve children ages 2-7 with mild to severe emotional health challenges. Our on-site clinic provides evaluations, treatment, and medication management for children through age 11, and we also offer an in-home therapeutic treatment program for children up to age five from low-income families.
2010 Top-Rated Nonprofit
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EIN 58-1863104
919-677-1400
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Rating: 5 stars  

My daughter attended the LDC from ages three to five. She just finished her first semester of college. She met many other children there that she still maintians relationships with today. I credit the LDC for my daughter's incredible capacity to make and keep friends. She has tremendous interpersonal skills which I believe she developed while at the Center. She had the opportunity to be exposed to many different children and because of that she has a deep caring capacity. Many times her teachers would remark that she would always be the first one to invite the new kid to play or to make sure eveyone one was included. By the time she graduated high school she knew at least one friend from every high school in Wake County. I am convinced that because of her exposure to the incredible teachers, staff and other wonderful kids at the LDC she developed this skill. I am now a LDC Board member some sixteen years later.

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

A lot

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

My daughter started at the LDC this year and it has been a positive experience for her as well as myself. I tried another preschool last year and my daughter did not take too well to the environment. The LDC was the perfect fit for her this year! She is very sensitive emotionally and the teachers and staff helped her work through her emotions. The phase in program was a wonderful way to help my daughter ease in to going to preschool without mom. No tears for either of us! I highly recommend the Lucy Daniels Center not only for the phase in program but also teaching our little ones academics as well as emotional security!

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

A lot

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

This will be our family's 5th year at the school, and we've been thrilled. It's a NAEYC Accredited, 5 star licensed nationally awarded progrm. You may have heard of them in Carolina Parent's column or quoted in national parenting magazines. This year they're offering classes for 2-5 year olds developing within the typical range or who have mild delays that would allow them to participate in an inclusive classroom setting. They also offer an Early Intervention Program for kids needing support in social/ emotional areas.
As a parent, I was struck by several things that make this program different from others. First, it's an 11 month, half-day preschool. For us, this has provided a consistency that made going back to school after break easier. It's a secular program with a good mix of students from a variety of backgrounds. They also have smaller than required classes. The most important thing for us was the phase-in program, which allows you to slowly transition your child in at the beginning of the year by staying increasingly shorter periods until the child is comfortable staying on their own. For kids like mine who are incredibly attached and have a difficult time with separation, this is a wonderful thing in making them feel safe and secure. They also don't require that a child be potty-trained by a certain deadline, but work with the parents on the child's schedule. They've been great in helping our child deal with the changes that come with a new sibling. You can tell they really care about the kids. They call to let you know that the child is missed when they are out sick, and even offered to let my child talk to his friends on speaker phone when he'd been out a week sick. I can't say enough great things about them, and I strongly encourage those of you looking for a preschool to consider them.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

teaching children 2-4. My son attended for three years, and now we are in my daughter's second year at the school.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

allow tuition payments on a monthly basis instead of quarterly.

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

My daughter attended the Center's Child Enrichment Program (model pre-school) classes from 2006-2009. As a preschooler, she was hesitant and unsure of herself and yet deeply sensitive, both to her own feelings and those of others. Her teachers nurtured her growing understanding of others’ emotional cues, helping her make sense of interactions with her classmates and feel more confident in her responses to conflict, so that she emerged, as a 5-year old, prepared to face the social dynamics of a kindergarten classroom—and the world beyond. I was amazed by her growth. The teachers at the Center are of the highest caliber, well-trained and uniquely attuned to the emotional lives of the children in their classroom, not just their outward behaviors. The Lucy Daniels Center is an exceptional place, and I recommend it without reservation.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

seeing how my daughter has entered elementary school well-equipped to handle, not only its classroom demands, but also the social and emotional challenges. As a friend, she is caring and sensitive; but she is cognizent of the importance of her own feelings and wishes. Finding that balance is very difficult for sensitive young children (and many adults!). I credit the Center with helping her understand how to navigate social challenges with other children and make sense of her own emotions.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

encourage them to "grow" the preschool to serve even more children in this wonderful environment.

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

A lot

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

This was the first place that understood my son and made him feel comfortable. They helped him tremendously.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

My son's behavior and mood improving greatly.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

not make changes.

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

Lucy Daniels is a unique school and unique organization dedicated to helping children with emotional and social problems that are not often identified or understood at other institutes. They are dedicated to helping each individual child and family in the best way appropriate to that child.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

The growth my child has shown in his ability to use the skills and empathy he was taught at Lucy Daniels to manage his anxiety in everyday situations.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Increase their outreach programs to educate more parents about risks and identification of emotional struggles in very young children.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

how much I have learned.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

expand the school to serve at risk children up to a greater age. It is unfortunate that there are situations where a child would really continue to benefit from a therapeutic classroom as opposed to individual therapy, only to age out at 7 here.

Ways to make it better...

there were more comfortable and spacious waiting areas!

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

Lack of funding and lack of visibility.

One thing I'd also say is that...

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-1-01

 
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