"The research shows that the earlier we intervene and meet children's needs early on, their rate of success is much higher than children who don't have any interventions," said Kathryn Shea, the center's CEO.
Shea would know. A licensed social worker specializing in infant mental health, she saw first-hand the importance of focusing on early childhood. The youngest child she ever diagnosed was 4 months old. He had depression.
When Shea started working at the center 17 years ago, she found herself at one of the first and only nonprofits in the area to recognize mental health as an issue that affects children. "