Crisis Nursery Program
The Sacramento Children's Home operates Sacramento's only Crisis Nursery Program. Our mission is to prevent child abuse and neglect by providing support to families at times of crisis. The Sacramento Crisis Nursery Program is a family strengthening program where families can bring their children, newborn through age 5 for emergency child care or overnight care during stressful or difficult times.
- Voluntary, confidential and free
- Care provided 24 hours a day, 365 days a year
- Children are cared for in a safe, loving and homelike environment
- Age-appropriate play and learning activities
- Crisis Intervention services and counseling support for the family
- 2 locations: South Sacramento & North Sacramento
We are here if you need help caring for your child(ren) for any reason.
The ultimate goal of our program is to keep families together and reduce the number of young children that enter into the foster care system.
"They took care of the kids when no one else was around, and I needed help." -- Sharon, Parent
"Thank you for having such a nice place for Elijah when my life was in such shambles" -- Judy, Parent
Emergency Child Care and Overnight Care
The Sacramento Crisis Nursery Program provides support to families with children ages newborn to 5 during a time of crisis or stress.
- 24 hour care
- Emergency child care
- Children are able to stay in the program for up to 30 days.
- Each child has their own bed, and upon discharge from the Crisis Nursery Program each child receives new clothing, a stuffed toy and personal items.
- Homemade meals and snacks are nutritious and served family style.
- Scheduled playtime, mealtimes, bedtime, etc. to assist in stabilizing the child's daily experience.
Early Learning Program
The Sacramento Crisis Nursery Program is licensed as an infant and preschool childcare facility. We believe that children are active learners and should have the opportunity to develop to their full potential.
- A daily schedule includes age-appropriate early learning activities like numbers, letters, colors and other basics, with built in time for art and crafts, free time, story time, nap time, snacks and all meals.
- Separate infant and toddler classrooms are set-up to promote age-appropriate interactions.
- Staff model appropriate behavior and use activities to help children develop social skills like empathy, cooperation, respect, and kindness.
- Staff encourage children to think through problems and find appropriate solutions.
- We focus our efforts on education, service delivery, program consultation and innovation.
Case managers provide parents and caregivers with support during times of crisis or stress, when their children are at the Crisis Nursery. In order to help parents manage their crisis or stressful situation and be better suited to care for their young children, the case managers develop a plan in conjunction with the parents, and provide them with community resources and referrals, to help address all of their needs.
Case managers also help coordinate and manage medical and mental health services for children while they are at the Nursery. In addition, case managers arrange transportation services for various reasons including:
- Medical appointments
- Court dates
- Counseling sessions
- Job interviews
- Housing appointments
- Travel to and from the Nursery
Sherry was a single mother with a 10 week old daughter. There was a long history of domestic violence in her home, and was experiencing severe post-partum depression. Sherry was stressed and overwhelmed with caring for her daughter, and had no help from friends or family. Sherry contacted the Crisis Nursery for help with her baby while she dealt with her depression. The nursery was able to provide overnight care for her daughter, and helped her access services to address her mental health needs. Sherry was able to get connected to a therapist for weekly sessions, as well as attend a support group for mothers with post-partum depression. By the end of her daughter's stay, Sherry had been able to reconnect with some extended family members who were able and willing to provide support and help. Because Sherry had a safe place to leave her baby while she addressed her own crisis, she is now better equipped to be the kind of loving mom that she always had hoped she would be.
Caleb came to the Crisis Nursery when his mother was diagnosed with terminal cancer. Caleb's father was distraught and unable to work while he took care of his wife. Caleb stayed at the nursery for emergency child care during the day while his mother attended doctor's appointments and his father arranged for long term care. While his parents dealt with their crisis, Caleb was able to be in a nurturing and loving environment during the day and was able to be at home with his parents in the evening for some much needed family time. When Caleb's mother passed away, he stayed at the nursery for 24 hour care while his father made arrangements. Caleb's father visited often and took him home for overnight visits when he could. The family's case manager connected them to counseling services, permanent child care and worked with the social worker to make sure the family was receiving all the support possible. Although this is a sad case, the support and services Caleb's family received from the Crisis Nursery Program meant that Caleb could enjoy the last weeks with his mother, and gave his father time to deal with the loss, grieve, and make plans for the future while Caleb was well taken care of.
57% of parents receiving support from the Sacramento Crisis Nursery Program report reduced parental stress when they exit the program with their child.
North Crisis Nursery Licenses
Day Care #343611638 | Infant Care #343611639 | Crisis Nursery #347002085
South Crisis Nursery Licenses
Day Care #343614425 | Infant Care #343615915 | Crisis Nursery #347000489