NEWS RELEASE: Lucy Daniels Center announces creation of Lucy Daniels School

Cary, NC—Lucy Daniels Center, nationally recognized for its programs that support the social and emotional needs of children, announces an ambitious expansion of its early childhood programs to include 1st and 2nd graders in the coming school year, with plans to enroll children thru 5th grade by 2015-16.

The Lucy Daniels School, as the new program will be known, will serve children ages 3-11 in a classroom setting that provides the specialized child mental health services for which the Center is known.

Donald Rosenblitt, M.D., the Center’s co-founder and executive and clinical director, noted that, with this new program, the Center is filling a critical gap in Triangle-area elementary school options.

“For 22 years we have provided a therapeutic school setting for preschool- and kindergarten-aged children. Beginning in the 2013-14 school year, we will be able to meet the needs of these children in their elementary school years, providing a challenging and vibrant educational experience as well as a level of sophisticated and flexible emotional and special educational support,” he said.

The new 1st and 2nd grade combination class will enroll a maximum of 10 students led by a highly qualified masters-level teacher. The school will follow the Core Knowledge Curriculum, used in many Wake County Public Schools, with a significant emphasis on science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) and the arts.
Another fundamental component of the school’s program will be supported by the Family Guidance Service, the Center’s in-house mental health clinic, which will provide an individually designed therapeutic program for each child. The program’s “wrap-around care” will also include parent counseling and coordination among staff and between staff and parents, both of which have contributed to the success of the Center’s therapeutic early childhood classrooms. 

“This is an exciting addition in the evolution of Lucy Daniels Center,” said Deborah Mugno, Ed.D., the Center’s director of education and operations. “In creating a high-quality instructional program seated in an environment sensitive to the needs and difficulties of children with emotional health concerns, we hope to provide yet another way that we can work together as an agency to best serve our community.”

Parents, early childhood and elementary educators, pediatric and mental health professionals, and others in the community who are interested learning more about the new school program are encouraged to attend the Lucy Daniels School Open House, taking place at the Center (9003 Weston Parkway in Cary) on Wednesday, February 20, from 4-6 p.m. For more information, call 919.677.1400 or visit


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

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