CARY, NC—The Cisco Foundation has awarded Lucy Daniels Center a $13,500 grant to support its SecurePath program, which provides behavioral and emotional health interventions for economically disadvantaged children up to age five living in Wake County.

A partnership with Wake County SmartStart, SecurePath is a comprehensive mental health service, providing mental health assessments, interventions and therapy for children ages birth to five, and their parents who need help with their child’s social, emotional or developmental challenges. Services are provided at no charge to families who are uninsured, underinsured or receiving Medicaid; additionally, they are provided in English or in Spanish at the child’s home or child care center. SecurePath is one of the only programs in Wake County offering services for children up to age 5, including those whose families speak only Spanish, in their home or school environment.

“The Cisco Foundation is proud to support the Lucy Daniels Center in its mission to bridge a critical mental health services gap for children from low-income households,” said Christina O’Neill, manager, Cisco community relations. “Early intervention services better prepare these children for success in school and life, contributing to communities where all want to live, work, play and learn.”

Since its inception in 2005, SecurePath has worked successfully with more than 650 Wake County families. In 2012-13, more than 95% of enrolled families reported positive results. “There is really no one else who does what we do,” said Sarah Stevens, LCSW, a SecurePath clinician who works primarily with Spanish-speaking clients. “Our services are in very high demand, particularly for Hispanic families, who are underserved in general in terms of mental health care.”

“Cisco has been one of our strongest corporate supporters,” said Clarenda Stanley-Anderson, the Center’s director of development. “In addition to financial support, they also provide critical volunteer support and technical assistance to help us reach more families effectively and meaningfully.”

The Cisco Foundation, established in 1997 by a gift from Cisco, awards strategic grants to programs with long-lasting impact. Grants focus on critical human needs and education, particularly in underserved communities.

Learn more about Lucy Daniels Center’s comprehensive range of mental health programs for children—including the new Lucy Daniels School, which will serve children up to third grade in an academic setting sensitive to their emotional health needs—at

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Now in its third decade of service to children and families, the Lucy Daniels Center is a nationally recognized model for childhood mental health education and services. The Center is the largest and most comprehensive non-profit focused on providing mental health services to young children and their families in the Triangle and is conveniently located at 9003 Weston Parkway, Cary, NC 27513. For more information, visit