Center on the Developing Child at Harvard University presents Building Adult Capabilities to Improve Child Outcomes

The Crisis Nursery's Nursery Way care protocols help expand children’s coping skills and build lasting resiliency, while simultaneously educating parents as to child development and parenting skills.

This 5-minute video depicts the Frontiers of Innovation community’s theory of change for achieving breakthrough outcomes for vulnerable children and families. It describes the need to focus on building the capabilities of caregivers and strengthening the communities that together form the environment of relationships essential to children’s lifelong learning, health, and behavior.

Greater Minneapolis Crisis Nursery is Moving!

Greater Minneapolis Crisis Nursery is excited to announce that we are moving to our south shelter in Minneapolis this coming Fall. For more information concerning this exciting change, please read our announcement.

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Greater Minneapolis Crisis Nursery's south shelter

4544 4th Avenue South Minneapolis, MN 55419

2013 Children’s Mental Health eReview

The Crisis Nursery’s Children Services Director, Kamyala Howard, and Family Services Director, Molly Kenney, worked on the March 2013 Children’s Mental Health eReview. Read, How trauma gets ‘under the skin’: Biological and cognitive process of child maltreatment and learn about how the Crisis Nursery helps families experiencing trauma, crisis and toxic stress.

Cribnotes - Winter 2012

The Crisis Nursery's Winter Newsletter is now available. Cribnotes - Winter 2012

Cribnotes - Fall 2012

Read about the Crisis Nursery in our fall newsletter. Cribnotes- Fall 2012

GMCN Leadership Council

Q: Are you a young professional who is passionate about the mission of Greater Minneapolis Crisis Nursery? 

A: Here is an opportunity for you!

The newly created GMCN Leadership Council is looking to recruit 2-3 additional members to engage other young professionals in advancing the mission of the crisis nursery by:

  • Enhancing communication and awareness of GMCN
  • Increasing the diversity and sustainability of fundraising sources
  • Increasing the diversity of the Board’s composition and perspective
  • Developing future nonprofit leaders of social responsibility

Q: Interested in getting involved? Want to learn more?

A: Contact Katie Junkermeier at for more information.

Lucy’s Garden Project

Every day, Crisis Nursery staff facilitate lighthearted hours of play and fun-filled activities for the children who are sheltered at the Crisis Nursery. While Crisis Nursery advocate staff counsel parents to help them resolve a family crisis, the children come to the Crisis Nursery – a joyful place where “kids can be kids.”

Almost 4 years ago, the Crisis Nursery added Lucy Van Toolbelt to our front yard and with the help of Kraus-Anderson, we were able to fence the area. This allowed for a multitude of new, outdoor programming for the children at the Crisis Nursery. In order to continue providing the best environment for the children, this summer the Crisis Nursery is crafting a new inter-active nature experience. With the help of generous donors, Lucy’s Garden Project has given the Crisis Nursery the opportunity to “playscape” the front yard area to include not only new floral plantings and trees, but also a Reading Circle, Butterfly Garden, Vegetable Garden and Reflection Path. This project will create a natural wonderland where the children can experience the joy of the outdoors safely.

Cribnotes - Spring 2012

The newest publication of Cribnotes is now available. Read about what is happening at Greater Minneapolis Crisis Nursery! Cribnotes - Spring 2012

NATIONAL VOLUNTEER APPRECIATION WEEK - Our Volunteer Appreciation Spotlight shines today on the “Aqua Folliers” Team!

A group of friends, who bonded over their enjoyment of water exercise classes at the Uptown “Y”, the Aqua Folliers have shared their sense of fun and their no-nonsense culinary talents for eleven years with children at the Crisis Nursery. Their homemade hot dish is a crowd favorite, loved by the kids.  Bernie Lindholm, along with the team’s other members, generously cook once a month and say they find their experience rewarding and an easy way to give back. “We love it when the kids say they want more. It fills our hearts to fill their tummies”, shares Bernie.

NATIONAL VOLUNTEER APPRECIATION WEEK - Our Volunteer Appreciation Spotlight shines today, Friday, April 20, 2012 on the Massey and Pontinen Families!

With twelve years and over 1,000 hours of volunteering through the Cook For Kids program, there can be no doubt as to  Massey/Pontinen team’s commitment to the children at the Crisis Nursery. Affectionately known as “The Grillers” by staff as they like to serve freshly grilled entrees, staff comment that “The Massey Pontinen team always make the children laugh and giggle. They consistently demonstrate they are part of the Nursery family through their caring interaction with the children and staff.”

Cindy Massey tells us that their CFK team has consisted of various family members and friends throughout the years but they first formed their team after friends had referred them to the program and they shared experiences on a Wayzata School District team.  Along with the Pontinen family, they decided to form a new team and have been enthusiastically serving meals to the children at the Crisis Nursery ever since.