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Our Crisis Nursery Approach

At Providence House we have cared for nearly 8,000 families and children in crisis. We use a two-generation approach focused on both the child and their caregiver(s) delivered through a holistic, integrated program focused on both child abuse prevention and family preservation.

We are our community’s only free, voluntary, non-custodial program designed to protect at-risk children in emergency shelter when parents are not able to care for them due to crisis situations. Children, newborn through ten years old, are cared for in one of our crisis nurseries:

Leo’s House: A Crisis Nursery supports our traditional Crisis Nursery services for up to 20 children at a time (300+/year). 

Elisabeth’s House: The Prentiss Pediatric Crisis Nursery (formerly The Wellness Nursery) supports up to 10 children at a time (100+/year) who have medical conditions.

Providence House - Leo's House Mini Gym

Leo's House

Providence House - Elisabeth's House The Prentiss Wellness Nursery

Elisabeth's House

While children stay in our crisis nursery, Licensed Social Workers work with parents or guardians through case management, parent education, and family trauma services to provide support, guidance, and education to address the specific needs of each family. When children have medical needs, our staff also provides pediatric medical care and parent medical training.

Our unique program is a comprehensive service based on 35 years of experience, the latest research in our industry, and proven evidence-based programs and practices that can help prevent child abuse and neglect, reduce foster care placements, and strengthen families.

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