Announcing Partnership with Clay

Otter Learning and Clay are incredibly excited to announce a multi-state partnership. Clay specializes in behavioral health services for young children and act as the first pediatric behavioral health platform to integrate with preschools and early childhood education facilities.


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.


"In commitment to our partnership with families and, given how much we value supporting all of the needs of children we educate, our partnership with Clay is perfectly timed. It will also be a tremendous asset in supporting our teachers and leaders at our schools. I couldn't be more excited!" – Danielle Millman, President 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. To learn more, contact hello@carebyclay.com

If you or someone you know needs support now, call or text 988. 988 connects you with a trained crisis counselor who can help. You can also call 911 or go to the nearest emergency room.

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