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Crisis Nursery

"The Crisis Nursery has helped my family survive through many unsuspected emergencies. I don't know what I would do without them."

~ Crisis Nursery Parent

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Crittenton Centers’ Crisis Nursery provides child abuse prevention services for infants and young children ages birth – 6 years through emergency intervention and respite care, crisis counseling and supportive services to families experiencing extreme stress related to domestic violence, parenting challenges, mental health issues and other circumstances that place children at risk. In turn, parent stress levels are reduced, parenting skills increased, children are safe and family stability is improved, while children are in a safe environment. 

All services that the Crisis Nursery provides are free to parents residing in Peoria, Tazewell and Woodford counties and are offered 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.  Children can stay up to 72 hours depending on the situation.  Parent education classes are offered at various sites throughout the community to encourage parental participation.  Families are frequently referred to community agencies based on individual or family needs. 

Crittenton Centers gladly accepts diapers, formula, clothes, educational toys and other infant & child related items.  For a current list of needs, please click here.


  • 31,000 hours of crisis care annually
  • $46,000 in basic need supplies given to families in need annually
  • WIC does NOT provide enough formula for an entire month

You can make a difference! 

  • $8.00 buys one small can of formula (50 distributed monthly)
  • $30.00 buys one case of diapers (125 distributed daily)
  • $100.00 provides one hour of fully staffed crisis care  (Open 24/7/365)

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For more information about the Crisis Nursery, please contact Kelsey Sepich, Crisis Nursery Coordinator, at 309-674-0105 x 211 or


Crisis Nursery At-A-Glance
Parent Handbook
Sample Daily Schedule
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