SEED (Social & Emotional Early Development) is an early childhood mental health consultation program developed by experts at Lucy Daniels Center and Wake County SmartStart to assist staff at Wake County child care facilities in developing and sustaining policies and practices that support the healthy social and emotional development of the children they serve.

Participating centers will receive approximately 100 hours of onsite consultation and mentoring with highly qualified staff from Lucy Daniels Center. Services include individual classroom consultation, mini-workshops, staff mentoring, and problem-solving specific to the needs of individual children. SEED program activities will be tailored to the specific needs and schedules of each individual center and based on the core components of nationally recognized social/emotional training models, including:

  • Creating a safe emotional environment
  • Establishing healthy relationships
  • Using effective and affective communication
  • Addressing challenging behaviors

All 3-, 4- or 5-star Wake County child care centers that enroll children receiving a child care subsidy are eligible for participation in SEED.

SEED is funded through a grant from The John Rex Endowment. “The mental, social and emotional health and well-being of children in Wake County is a priority area of funding,” said Kevin Cain, president and CEO of the John Rex Endowment. “By improving organizational, community, or system capacity, effectiveness, and efficiency, nonprofits in our community can make a significant impact on the development of infants and young children.”