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St. Louis Crisis Nursery

133 Employees | 38 Years

Saint Louis Crisis Nursery

Mission Statement

The SAINT LOUIS CRISIS NURSERY is committed to the prevention of child abuse and neglect and provides trauma-informed emergency intervention, 24-hour respite care and support to families in crisis through:

  • Short-term care for young children in a safe and nurturing environment
  • Empowering families to resolve crises and build resiliency through culturally responsive interventions
  • Equitable access to concrete support, crisis counseling, and parenting education
  • Grassroots community outreach and training to build child abuse prevention awareness
  • Advocacy for the safety and wellbeing of all children and families in our region


For more than 37 years, the Saint Louis Crisis Nursery [SLCN] has been a refuge for children during times of family crisis, offering 24/7 safe haven and comprehensive family support services to keep families intact. Nationally recognized for exceptional child abuse and neglect prevention services, the SLCN has provided more than 5.4 MILLION hours of emergency care for over 136,000 local children since first opening its doors in 1986. 99% of these children have remained free from abuse and neglect and have avoided out of home placement in foster care.

In 2023 the SLCN’s programming reached 18,893 area children and parents through five 24-hour Nursery locations and 11 Family Empowerment Centers across the Greater Saint Louis Region.

The SLCN believes every child deserves to grow up in a safe and nurturing home. The Dana Brown Charitable Trust has been a critical partner in ensuring young children across the Greater St. Louis Region have immediate access to safe, therapeutic care in times of family crisis. In the last year, Dana Brown funding has been vital in supporting 24/7 emergency care for more than 100 children at the edges of the metropolitan area where resources are more scarce. 100% of these children returned home with their families after staying in crisis care, avoiding foster care.