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Crisis Nursery Coalition of Illinois

Crisis Nurseries were formed after the Crisis Nursery Congressional Act of 1986 to provide prevention and intervention services to families with young children experiencing crisis. In 1996, Nurseries operating in Illinois joined together as the Crisis Nursery Coalition of Illinois to collaboratively work on preventing child abuse and neglect in the state. In 2021, there were seven locations in Illinois providing respite and short-term care for children 0–6, as well as services and programs for families. Crisis Nursery programs are located in Chicago, Rockford, Urbana, Peoria, Bloomington, Springfield, and Effingham. 

Infographic from the crisis nursery coalition of Illinois showing FY20 and FY21 collective impacts: 3,320 kids served, 176,316 hours of care given, $821K in childcare supplies given, etc.

Crisis Nurseries across Illinois exist to prevent child abuse and neglect by providing emergency child care 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.

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