Yolo Crisis Nursery to shutter in June

Published: Friday, Mar. 28, 2014 - 11:14 pm

The Yolo Crisis Nursery will cease operations at the end of June, the facility operator announced Thursday.

For 13 years, the nursery in Davis has sheltered children up to age 5 in times of crisis. Parents could drop off their children temporarily during cases of domestic violence, medical emergencies or homelessness.

EMQ FamiliesFirst, a Campbell-based nonprofit social services agency, told Yolo County officials Thursday that it would no longer subsidize the operations for the nursery, which has been running a deficit. In a statement, EMQ called the model unsustainable.

“Our efforts to date to secure additional government funding have not been successful, and absent this support, the current level of charitable contribution can not be sustained,” the statement said.

Some Yolo officials have characterized the move as retaliation for a series of county and state crackdowns last summer at EMQ’s group home for children, a separate facility also in Davis. State regulators began an investigation into the group home after the arrest of two male residents, ages 13 and 14, last June on suspicion of raping an 11-year-old female resident at a nearby park. The three were unsupervised at the time.

EMQ FamiliesFirst eventually shuttered the group home after most of its residents left as a result of the incident.

“The relationship (between Yolo County and EMQ FamiliesFirst) soured, period,” said state Sen. Lois Wolk, D-Davis.

Wolk started the four-bed crisis nursery in 2001, when she was a Yolo County supervisor. It served nearly 100 children in 2013-14.

Joan Planell, director of the Yolo County Department of Employment and Social Services, said the county was “looking at options” to replace some of the services offered at the nursery.

Call The Bee’s Richard Chang at (916) 321-1018. Follow him on Twitter @RichardYChang.

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