Mission & Services
Crisis Nursery creates an "Island of Safety" dedicated to the prevention of child abuse and neglect by providing 24-hour emergency care for children and support to strengthen families in crisis.
Crisis Nursery is the only emergency-based child care facility open 24 hours, 365 days a year for the entire community to access with no fees, income eligibility or waiting list. Besides safe shelter for children, ages birth through six, we also provide family support and parenting education to strengthen parent skills and confidence. We believe that asking for help is a sign of strength.
Our programming is comprised of two components: Safe Children and Strong Families. In FY 2012, our Safe Children program provided 29,834 hours of crisis care and served 589 children, while our Strong Families program provided 89 parent-child interaction groups, 44 support groups and conducted 952 home visits with 189 families.
Our Safe Children program is available for families who are experiencing a crisis/emergency and no other resources are available to help. The Nursery is child centered and family focused. Trained professionals and committed volunteers strive to make every interaction positive while providing nurturing care for children. Services are voluntary, confidential and offered at no cost to the parent. If needed, basic care items such as diapers, wipes, formula and clothing may be available.
Crisis Nursery’s Strong Families program serves those who have used the Nursery for crisis care and is also open to the community. Resources and services are available for families dealing with perinatal depression, kinship care, homelessness and teen parenting to name a few. Services include:
- Crisis Counseling
- Home Visits
- Parent Child Interaction Groups
- Support Groups
- Referrals for Resources and Follow-ups