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Our story

30+ years championing the emotional and behavioral health of children in the Triangle Area of North Carolina.

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Lucy Daniels Center was founded in 1989 to provide mental health services to children and families in the Triangle. We serve nearly 700 children and their families each year. We believe that the earlier a child’s challenges are addressed, the better the chance to help that child develop socially and academically.

Our founder, Dr. Lucy Daniels, noted author and psychologist, founded the Lucy Daniels Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to fostering emotional and creative freedom through education, outreach and psychoanalytic treatment and research, and the Lucy Daniels Center for Early Childhood, now known as the Lucy Daniels Center, to promote and support the emotional development of young children and their parents.

The Lucy Daniels Center Today

Today, our dedicated team continues the work that Lucy Daniels embarked upon in 1989. Here are a few things that make us unique!

  • We see the world through the child’s eyes
  • We consider the child’s experience in everything we do
  • We understand how feelings impact a child’s school performance and participation in social relationships
  • We support the whole family in enhancing their child’s growth and development
  • We work as a team and collaborate regularly to ensure that each child is heard, valued, and empowered to be successful in school and in life
  • All of our therapists hold Masters or Doctorate degrees in their field
  • We offer 1:1 child/therapist ratio and 5:1 child/teacher ratio promoting dedicated, individualized attention for each child
  • We are proud to now offer TELETHERAPY in the state of NC

Licenses and Certifications

  • Lucy Daniels Center is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt, nonprofit, charitable organization legally incorporated and licensed with the State of North Carolina. Our Tax ID # is 58-1863104.
  • Lucy Daniels Center is a licensed mental health facility by the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services.
  • Lucy Daniels School is licensed by the N.C. Department of Non-Public Education, NCES ID A 9702579.
  • Lucy Daniels School is proud to be rated a 5-Star Preschool, the highest rated license standard administered by the North Carolina Division of Child Development, Department of Health and Human Services for our teachers’ levels of education and training, quality of our classroom environments, and our student-teacher ratios.