The Nursery is the premier child abuse prevention program in the St. Louis region. Exceptional outcomes, including a track record that 99% of children in our program remain free from abuse and neglect, have set national and even international standards for child abuse prevention in other communities throughout the world.
What began as a respite care program for families dealing with unexpected crises; the Nursery now works to address the whole family, including parent empowerment training, community outreach centers located directly in at-risk communities, food insecurity programs, the Latino Outreach Program, and home and field visits. In 2016, the Nursery celebrated the opening of a new Outreach Center in Ferguson, in partnership with St. Peters UCC Church, to maintain a presence in the community following the unrest in the region in 2014. In their 34-year history, we have protected and preserved the childhoods of more than 120,000 girls and boys. This year, nearly 5,000 will call the Nursery "home" while their families weather the storms of life.