What is the Safe Children Program?

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, food, and clothing may be provided to families.
We are the only organization in Champaign County that offers these services free of charge with no income eligibility guidelines!

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Reasons to Call CN

What is a Crisis?

At Crisis Nursery, YOU define your crisis!
A crisis can be any situation placing stress on a parent, a few examples include:

Parental Stress

Sudden Illness or Hospitalization

Job or School Emergency

Accident or Fire

Domestic Violence

Inability to Cope

Personal or Family Problems


Mental Health

Struggling for Any Reason!

Staffing at the nursery

While at the Nursery, children are cared for by trained, professional staff, called Lead Children's Specialists.
When you call the Nursery using our 24-hour crisis line, you will speak to a Crisis Advocate.
We also utilize volunteers within our organization. All volunteers undergo a background check, orientation, and training before being on the floor with children.

Crisis Support Specialists

Crisis Advocates are responsible for assessing calls that come to the 24-hour crisis line, scheduling crisis care, helping parents with crisis counseling, follow-up, resource linkage, and referrals. 

Lead Children's Specialists

Children's Specialists work as a team to oversee the crisis care floor. This includes the needs of children and delivering individualized care in a positive, nurturing environment.  

24-Hour Crisis Line