Protecting and nurturing children and families since 1892.

About Us

"The Crisis Nursery came to the rescue when we had a situation come up that we had to take care of immediately."

~ Crisis Nursery Parent

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Crittenton Centers has been serving Peoria and all of central Illinois since 1892. Originally conceived as a maternity home for unwed mothers, the agency has evolved into a multi-service, multi-million dollar not-for-profit (501c3) child welfare organization. Currently, our three core services include the Crisis Nursery (emergency and respite care for infants and children ages birth to 6 years), the Child Development Center (preschool and daycare for infants and children ages 6 weeks to 6 years) and Educational and Support Services. Crittenton Centers’ mission is to protect and nurture children and families.


While our services over the years have changed, our mission, vision, beliefs and values have not.  Thank you for helping us continue to provide much needed services to all of central Illinois.


To protect and nurture children and families.


Educating and strengthening children and families to build safe, vibrant communities where children thrive and families succeed.


Children come first.
Strong families build strong communities.
Community partnerships are vital to meet the needs of families.



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