New multi-state partnership with Otter Learning brings Clay to Georgia, Florida, Tennessee, and South Carolina

Clay is unrolling a multi-state partnership with leading early childhood operator Otter Learning. Clay specializes in behavioral health services for young children and act as the first pediatric behavioral health platform to integrate with preschools.

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Clay, a virtual behavioral health solution designed specifically to support young children, today announced its multi-state partnership with Otter Learning, a best-in-class operator of early childhood education schools. This is the first virtual behavioral health platform integrating with early education centers and comes at a critical time as the mental/emotional health crisis threatening young children has worsened post-COVID.

This partnership acknowledges the important role and responsibility early childhood education schools have in turning the tides on the mental health crisis.

Early signs of challenging behaviors are observed every single day in a childcare setting. Providing preventative and proactive behavioral health support as quickly as possible will prove invaluable to children, their families, and our teachers. Supporting children with additional needs and providing early intervention is a critical need for our schools – we have been actively looking for a solution and are thrilled to be partnering with Clay. 

– Spencer Kushner

Founder of Otter Learning

As an organization, Otter Learning is focused on truly listening to our teachers’ and family’s feedback for continuous improvement in our schools. Identifying and supporting behavioral health issues is one of the most important skills we must have today as early childhood educators. Our partnership with Clay is incredibly exciting and we look forward to providing these additional and invaluable resources to our Otter Learning community. 

– Chase Begor

Founder of Otter Learning

Starting this fall, Clay will serve as the behavioral health partner to Otter Learning’s community (students, parents, teachers), with comprehensive behavioral health services including developmental and behavioral screening for early identification, personalized strategies, and behavioral support to drive better outcomes both at home and in the classroom, and proactive training for teachers around behavioral health.

Partnering with a scaled operator like Otter Learning, allows Clay to work with hundreds of families, before they are in crisis. Today’s system fails families because identification and support come far too late in a child’s behavioral health journey. We’re changing this – our goal with integrating into the early childhood and preschool setting is to prevent, identify, and effectively treat as many children as possible, at the earliest stages of an issue. 

– Lee Rotenberg

CEO and cofounder of Clay

About the team

Founded by repeat technology entrepreneurs Lee Rotenberg, Alex Schinasi and Omri Mendellevich, Clay is joined by a team of best-in-class clinicians with decades of experience at leading institutions such as Boston Children’s Hospital,  NYU Langone and the Family Institute at Northwestern. They are backed by healthcare thought leaders like Jonathan Bush of Athenahealth & Zus, Mark Frank of Sondermind and Scott Flanders of eHealth.

About the Product

Clay’s product allows for schools and their families to access a behavioral care team on demand when behavioral concerns arise. Their proprietary technology automatically assigns age-appropriate developmental & behavioral screeners, scores results and creates meaningful behavioral health assessments with care navigation on what to do next and evidence-based strategies to address the concern. The platform also powers teacher groups and parent groups moderated by behavioral coaches for immediate support.

The Clay app allows educators and families to keep a pulse of children’s behavioral and developmental challenges and to enable points of intervention when needed.

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