Announcing 2015’s One Child – One Day Campaign

The Yolo Crisis Nursery is saved from 2014’s threat of closure. (Applause for the community here!)

Going forward, we must raise $300,000 a year. That’s what it takes to keep the nursery running.

This year’s fundraising campaign is again called One Child − One Day.

Why is it called that? Because we are asking you to give $50, the average cost of providing one day of emergency respite care for one child. Please donate now.

Even the smallest amount can save a life.

The campaign runs  through June 30.

As a community, we can prevent child abuse and neglect. We can save lives and keep families together. Please join us.


We Support the Yolo Crisis Nursery

We are volunteers who want to protect the youngest, most vulnerable residents of our county — children from birth to age 5.

We raise funds for the Yolo Crisis Nursery and we raise awareness of its importance in Yolo County.

What is the Nursery?

It’s a safe place  offering 24/7 care for children when their families are experiencing extreme hardship or crisis. The staff also works closely with parents to help them resolve their crises and strengthen their family.

The Nursery prevents child abuse and neglect. It saves lives and preserves families. It’s a Yolo County treasure.

Impacts of the Yolo Crisis Nursery

Over the last 14 years, the Nursery has sustained an impressive track record in treating families successfully. On average, the Crisis Nursery serves between 125-150 unduplicated children per year and has helped nearly 3,000 children since its inception. Additionally, 97% of the families who have received care and support through the Crisis Nursery over its 14 years stayed intact after receiving services. The vast majority of the Crisis Nursery’s clients are referred via domestic violence shelter/programs, homeless shelters/housing programs, mental health agencies, self-referral, and hospitals.

So far the Crisis Nursery is meeting its 2014-2015 (measured from July to July) program goals with the following data achieved from July 1 to December 31, 2014:

  • 100% of families thus far receiving respite care have not become clients of CPS.
  • 86 families have been linked to case management counseling and other community resources. 100% of the families served have completed their referral.
  • Crisis Nursery staff has continued to provide families with need-specific case management and referral services. These services have included employment resources, parenting classes, family and individual counseling, and vouchers for transportation and housing, among others.
  • 122 families so far were served utilizing 888 slots.

The Crisis Nursery plays a direct role in decreasing abuse and neglect in Yolo County. As you can see from the graph below, the number of substantiated cases of child abuse and neglect in children ages 0-5 in Yolo County has decreased almost every year since the Crisis Nursery became established. The uncharacteristic increase in 2009 is likely related to the 2008 recession as researchers have found that child maltreatment increases as unemployment rises with a lag time of about a year.* It’s important to note that often during a recession, child protective services are cut so it’s imperative to have a local resource such as the Crisis Nursery available to families during tough times.

Chart of abuse

Additionally, in December 2006, the ARCH (Access to Respite Care and Help) National Respite Network and Resource Center (NRNRC)** published the results of a 2-year study examining the relationships between crisis respite care to incidents of reported child abuse. The evaluation also explored the differences in outcomes between crisis respite used as a secondary prevention service and as a tertiary prevention service.

The evaluation was conducted from June 14, 2004 – July 31, 2006 and included Sacramento Crisis Nurseries North and South, and the Crisis Nursery.

The study provided evidence that Child Protective Services (CPS) reports on target families were significantly less likely to be substantiated than CPS reports on comparison families without crisis respite available. Families receiving respite/crisis resolution services were approximately 50% less likely to experience CPS substantiation than for those who utilized crisis respite with previous CPS involvement; and over 3 times less likely for those families who utilized crisis respite without previous CPS involvement.

Further, when asked what alternative parents would have pursued had a crisis nursery not been available, 67% would have chosen a scenario where the child would have been at risk of maltreatment or endangerment. An additional 26% would have either requested foster care placement or not attended to essential family needs (i.e. medical, economic).



* Park, Alice/Time Magazine. (October 4, 2010). Side Effect of the Recession: An Increase in Child Abuse. Retrieved [February 8, 2015] from []

** The mission of the ARCH National Respite Network and Resource Center is to assist and promote the development of quality respite and crisis care programs in the United States; to help families locate respite and crisis care services in their communities; and to serve as a strong voice for respite in all forums. The study was performed in partnership with the Chapel Hill Training Outreach Project.

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