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Causes: Children & Youth, Children & Youth Services, Community Mental Health Centers, Education, Mental Health, Preschools

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.

Community Stories

14 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Deshelia W.

Board Member

Rating: 5

I was introduced to Lucy Daniels about a year ago through a former colleague. At the time, I was serving as the Family Network co-chair at my previous employer and we wanted to give back to our community, specifically geared towards children and their families. We meet with the director from Lucy Daniels and we were so amazed (and impressed) on how the staff and volunteers devoted their hearts and time to help children live emotionally healthy lives. Our network members volunteered to deliver quarterly Lucy Book Club bookmarks to removing recycled materials for the center. We were so excited to be part of a great cause, anytime they needed us, we were there! I knew for sure I wanted to continue to help Lucy Daniels with their mission and joined the Board of Directors this year. The dedication and support provided at Lucy Daniels will give families and their children a chance forhope and a future!!

Board Member

Rating: 5

I became involved with the Lucy Daniels Center in the Fall of 2011. I very rapidly noticed the passion and dedication each of the faculty, staff, and board members have to the mission of this organization. The need for development programs for socially and behaviorally challenged children has become especially important as families in our region struggle through the recession, through changing family life, and through changes in this dynamic world. Last year, The Lucy Daniels Center served over 600 families struggling with these difficulties. The faculty and staff are highly trained and educated to take special care of the children, give them the help and confidence they deserve, and make a very profound difference in the lives of the children and their families. The Lucy Daniels Center is a model institution for the emotional development of young children in North Carolina.

Board Member

Rating: 5

I work with other Board Members to recruit wonderful people with a passion for children and their mental well being. Together we all raise public awareness of the importance of mental health services and seek to raise money to assist families that may not otherwise afford adequate mental health care. Working with the folks at The Lucy Daniels Center has really opened my eyes to a group of caring individuals that devote their own personal time to ensure the well being of children and families that they don't even know on a personal level. We all have the right to mental health services regardless of socio-economic status and it is our goal to strive to make sure that happens. The Lucy Daniels Center exudes a spirit of passion, philanthropy, kindness and generosity. I am grateful to be a part of such a wonderful organization.

Board Member

Rating: 5

As a member of the Lucy Daniels Advisory Board it has been an honor to give of my time and resources to such a worthy organization. The LDC has surrounded itself with a staff of outstanding professionals in the area of mental health and a Board of Directors that is dedicated to the financial viability of the center. Having a Granddaughter with Autism gives me a better understanding of the challenges the staff and parents encounter on a daily basis with these troubled children. Many of the parents don't have the financial means to pay for services so the burden of the financial deficits fall squarely on the shoulders of management and the Board. This team has done an outstanding job of developing creative ideas to generate streams of revenue for the Center.

Board Member

Rating: 5

The Lucy Daniels Center helps the children who really have no voice elsewhere in the community. Mental and emotional disorders do not garner as much focus or funding as other child health issues, but they affect a large number of families. The LDC is working in a very unique and effective way to help one child/family at a time!

Board Member

Rating: 4

This is a great organization with an impeccable reputation in the community for promoting the emotional well-being of children. The Center has a wide array of services that it provides, including family guidance and schooling.

Board Member

Rating: 5

Lucy Daniels Center for Early Childhood is a preeminent in its approach in helping children with social and emotional developmental challenges as well as their families. It uses unique and all encompassing programs through mental health assessments, family counseling, therapy in both one-on-one and classroom settings and in home counseling services to make sure that the whole child is treated.

Board Member

Rating: 5

It is a well established organization that is in need of more people knowing what Lucy Daniels is doing in helping the children and the families with emotional issues.

Board Member

Rating: 5

1 in 5 children will face an emotional challenge in their lifetime. Lucy Daniels Center (LDC) is one of the only places in the country that takes a truly holistic approach (i.e. classroom + home + other outside factors) to child mental health. LDC assesses children comprehensively and works with them and their families to ensure they are emotionally fulfilled and prepared for life. This thorough approach is evident in everything from their "orientations process" to their classrooms, which are fun worlds of exploration, with different "play areas" that nurture an individual's learning preferences. I was introduced to LDC through Cisco Systems's Civic Council, of which I am a member.

Board Member

Rating: 5

The Lucy Daniels Center provides excellent services to children with emotional and psychological problems. The quality, depth and range of services --- preschool, outpatient clinic, in-home visits, and community education -- is outstanding. The Center's work is especially crucial now, as public mental health programs face drastic cutbacks in funding.