What We Do
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 or income eligibility. 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 fiscal year 2015, our Safe Children program provided 29,982 hours of crisis care and served 886 children, while our Strong Families program provided 65 parent-child interaction groups, 79 support groups, 22 nurturing parenting education classes, and conducted 985 home visits.
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’s Safe Children program and is also open to the community. Support, resources, and services are available for families dealing with challenges such as parental stress, perinatal depression, 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