The Coalition is made up of six independent non-profit organizations throughout Illinois. The nurseries provide short-term care for children aged six and under whose families are experiencing a crisis. Family support programs also help families after the fact. Two of the nurseries are “stand alone” agencies while four others are located within a larger child welfare agency. For more information on these individual nurseries click on the desired picture.
Illinois Crisis Nursery Coalition Retreat
The 2 nd Annual Illinois Crisis Nursery Coalition Retreat was held on May28, 2105. The Coalition (Urbana, Chicago, Bloomington, Springfield, Rockford and Peoria) worked together to create a day of learning and rejuvenation. The day started with the Peoria Crisis Nursery reading the book titled, “What Do You do With An Idea?” By Kobi Yamada. The Urbana and Chicago Crisis Nursery presented information on the ACES Assessment and how this would benefit our families and ways to introduce the topic to parents. The group did role-plays to help support ways to train staff administering the assessment with families. The Rockford and Bloomington nurseries shared information on their process of Best Results that showed their plan for their nurseries along with Chicago sharing information on child and family outcomes. The group was able to share lunch and ideas about best practice and ways to helps train new staff.
In the summer of 2013, the Crisis Nursery Coalition of Illinois was awarded a grant from the Matty Eappen Foundation to purchase and distribute information regarding shaken baby syndrome.
To read more about the Matty Eappen Foundation and Shaken Baby Syndrome, click here.