Crisis Nursery of Scott and Carver Counties


Parenting is a hard job and can be overwhelming. Some families may need a safe place for a child while working through a crisis or emergency. Some parents may be frustrated with a baby’s crying or a child’s behavior and they don’t know what to do.

The Crisis Nursery offers support, information, and short-term temporary child care for all children ages 0-12 who live in Scott and Carver Counties. We do not discriminate.

Care is provided by a network of licensed child care providers. The Crisis Nursery is not a drop-off center. We are a CAP Agency program and are not affiliated with the county.


Asking for help is a sign of strength! Crisis Nursery advocates are available seven days a week on our 24-hour helpline at 612-839-5101. Hay personas hablan Español. You do not need to be a parent to call for support or information, but only parents or legal guardians may arrange for Crisis Nursery child care, if needed.


During a call to our helpline, a Crisis Nursery advocate will listen and help determine immediate child care needs and other needs a family may have. If someone just needs to talk, our advocates are here to listen and to provide support and information.


Before a Crisis Nursery child care placement can occur, a parent or legal guardian may need to meet with a Crisis Nursery advocate to fill out paperwork. This can take place at home, work, in our office, or in a public place such as a restaurant. 


Services provided are 100% voluntary and confidential. All our Crisis Nursery advocates and child care providers are mandated to report suspected child abuse or neglect.


There are no income requirements and there is no cost to families. If Crisis Nursery child care is arranged, transportation to and from child care are the responsibility of the parent/guardian.



Crisis Nursery needs licensed child care and foster care providers in Scott and Carver Counties. We especially need providers where calls are most concentrated in Shakopee, Savage, Prior Lake and Chaska. Hourly and overnight stipends are provided.


Throughout the year, Crisis Nursery advocates provide diapers, clothing, books and toys to families during home visits. Donations are greatly appreciated!

List of current needed donations- Diapers, Wipes, Gently used baby and children’s clothing, board books.

If you are able to support families through any of these opportunities, please contact the Crisis Nursery Coordinator at 952-402-9851 or


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