Crisis Nursery


Family Support Center is happy to offer FREE 24/7 crisis nursery care for any child ages 0-11 in 3 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 up to 72 hours at a time, at no charge. Please call one of our crisis nurseries to schedule an appointment (numbers listed below; 24/7 crisis nursery number is 801-967-4259), or our adminstration office for more information. 801-955-9110.


YOU MUST CALL TO RESERVE A SPACE FOR YOUR CHILD BEFORE EVERY CRISIS NURSERY VISIT. YOU MUST ALSO FILL OUT THE FOLLOWING PAPERWORK BEFORE YOUR FIRST VISIT: ENGLISH SPANISH
Paperwork can be printed off and filled out at home (except signatures) and brought in with you on the first visit. Otherwise, parents need to plan to arrive at least 40 minutes before their first drop-off time to fill out paperwork on-site. Thank you!


We have crisis nurseries in Midvale, Sugarhouse, and West Valley.

Sugarhouse: 2020 S. Lake Street (740 East) 801-487-7778 Open 9 am-5pm Mon-Sat

West Valley: 3663 South 3600 West 801-967-4259 open 24/7

Midvale: 777 W. Center Street (7720 South) 801-255-6881 open 8 am to 8 pm Mon-Sat

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.

But instead of acting out on their children, parents can take them to the safe, nurturing care of the FSC Crisis Nursery. 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.

Care at a Family Support Center's Crisis Nursery is provided in renovated older homes with warm, homelike 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, 365 days per year 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. These breaks are known as respite care. Please call in advance to schedule.

We have crisis nurseries in Midvale, Sugarhouse, and West Valley.

Sugarhouse: 2020 S. Lake Street (740 East) 801-487-7778 Open 9 am-5pm Mon-Sat

West Valley: 3663 South 3600 West 801-967-4259 open 24/7

Midvale: 777 W. Center Street (7720 South) 801-255-6881 open 8 am to 8 pm Mon-Sat

*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.*


2014 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, and a nursery may be opened for you. 801-967-4259
  • New Years Day 01/01/2014
  • Martin Luther King Jr. Day 1/20/2014
  • Chinese New Year 1/31/2014
  • Presidents Day 02/17/2014
  • Easter 4/20/2014
  • Cinco De Mayo 05/05/2014
  • Mother's Day 5/11/2014
  • Day before Memorial Day 5/25/2014
  • Memorial Day 5/26/2014
  • Independence Day 7/4/2014
  • Pioneer Day 7/24/2014
  • 8/15/2014
  • Day before Labor Day 8/31/2014
  • Labor Day 9/01/2014
  • United Way Day of Caring 9/11/2014
  • Columbus day 10/13/2014
  • Halloween 10/31/2014
  • Vetrans Day 11/11/2014
  • Thanksgiving 11/27/2014
  • Black Friday 11/28/2014
  • Christmas Eve 12/24/2014
  • Christmas Day 12/25/2014