The Family Support Center is happy to offer FREE 24/7 crisis nursery care for any child ages 0-11 in three locations in the Salt Lake Valley (see scheduled closures below). Parents who are stressed, need a break, have an emergency arise, or have no one else to help take care of their children can leave their children safely in our care for up to 72 hours at a time at no charge. Please call one of our crisis nurseries to schedule an appointment. The numbers for specific locations are listed below and our 24/7 crisis nursery number is 801-967-4259.
You must call to reserve a space for your child before every crisis nursery visit.
You will need to fill out paperwork before your child's first visit. Please plan to arrive at least 40 minutes before their first scheduled drop-off time to fill out paperwork on-site.
We have crisis nurseries in Sugar House, Midvale, and West Valley.
Sugar House Crisis Nursery
Monday - Saturday, 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM
West Valley Crisis Nursery
Midvale Crisis Nursery
Monday - Saturday, 8:00 AM to 8:00 PM
*Please note that in the case of an emergency, the Sugar House and Midvale Crisis Nurseries can be opened during non-operating hours if transportation to West Valley is not possible.
Crisis Nursery care is available to any parent who needs it. No fee is ever charged for nursery use. The Crisis Nurseries can be used for preventing abuse and neglect of children, stress breaks, medical emergencies, appointments, legal obligations, job searching, interviews, family emergencies, and other crisis situations. There may be restrictions based on medical condition or behavioral issues. For specific details please call our Executive Director, Jeff Bird at 801-839-9555.
Some of the factors that lead to abuse and neglect of children are when parents feel isolated, lack appropriate parenting skills, have unrealistic expectations for children, experience high economic stress, have more children than the parent is prepared to nurture, have children with developmental irregularities, or experience chronic illness. When one or more of these stressors are present, children often become targets for their parent's misdirected frustration, anger, and worry. Instead of acting out on their children, parents can take them to the safe, nurturing care of the FSC Crisis Nursery.
Care at a FSC's Crisis Nursery is provided in renovated older homes with warm, home-like atmospheres, situated in quiet residential neighborhoods. Crisis intervention by the clinical staff is available 24 hours a day. Rotating shifts of houseparents, directed by a Crisis Nursery Director, provide 24 hour care. The nurseries do have scheduled closures, but they can be opened in the event of an emergency.
Foster grandparents and trained volunteers also assist in caring for children. Many of the house staff are bilingual, which ensures access by all members of the Salt Lake County's diverse population.
Children under the age of 12 can stay from a couple of hours up to 72 hours each time they are admitted. Each nursery can house as many as eight overnight. Since the Crisis Nursery Program began in 1977, the Family Support Center has provided over 1 million hours of crisis/respite care to young children in danger of abuse, neglect, or abandonment. In addition to crisis services, the nursery offers parents time-out breaks known as respite care.
Please call in advance to schedule.
2017 Scheduled Nursery Closures
Nurseries are scheduled to be closed due to budget constraints on the following days. However, if you have an emergency, please call the emergency hot line number at 801-967-4259 and a nursery may be opened for you.
- Mother’s Day, 5-14-2017
- Day before Memorial Day, 5-28-2017
- Memorial Day, 5-29-2017
- Father’s Day, 6-18-2017
- 4th of July, 7-4-2017
- 24th of July, 7-24-2017
- Staff Training Day, 8-10-2017
- United Way Day, 9-14-2017
- Day before Labor Day, 9-3-2017
- Labor Day, 9-4-2017
- Halloween, 10-31-2017
- Staff Training Day, 11-10-2017
- Thanksgiving, 11-23-2017
- Black Friday, 11-24-2017
- Christmas Eve, 12-24-2017
- Christmas, 12-25-2017
- New year’s Eve, 12-31-2017