How do I get my child in your program?

Presently, in our classroom, we can accept children 18 months through 5 years of age. To enroll a child, you first need to call our Program Manager at 541.823.2526 to schedule an initial home visit. As you can imagine, there is some paperwork involved. When there is an opening in one of our sessions, we will let you know. We currently have four different sessions, each with a maximum of 12 children: Tuesday & Thursday, 8:30 to 11:30; Tuesday & Thursday, 1:30 to 4:30; Wednesday & Friday, 8:30 to 11:30; and Wednesday & Friday, 1:30 to 4:30. Your child would regularly attend one of these sessions. When you enroll your child, you agree to at least one home visit per month that will be centered around your child. These visits focus on your child’s development. We will do a screening using the Ages & Stages Questionnaire so you have a good idea of how your child is developing in comparison to national norms. Your home visitor will then let you know about some easy, no-cost or low-cost ways to help encourage your child’s development so he or she will be ready for kindergarten.

Are you accepting pledges in your capital campaign?

Absolutely! We know that it isn’t always possible to make a donation immediately, but if one can budget for it, a donation can be made in the future. Pledges are appreciated. We also have donors who make smaller monthly gifts of $10 and $15. That amount is sometimes easier on one’s monthly budget, but knowing the larger amount is coming our way helps us in creating our budget.  Capital Campaign Pledge Form

Can our donation be in the form of a memorial?

Absolutely! If you have lost a loved one who truly loved children or whose career or volunteer work centered around children (classroom or Sunday school teacher, coach or mentor), please consider a giving memorial donation in his or her name. We would love for our new Relief Nursery to be built on a foundation of love, honoring those who believed childhood should be a time of innocence, free from stress and fear.

Has there been any studies to confirm the effectiveness of Relief Nurseries?

Yes. Researchers from Portland State University’s Center for Improvement of Child & Family Services have twice reviewed data from certified Relief Nurseries throughout Oregon and found them to reduce child and family risk factors associated with increased risk of child maltreatment, improve family stability and family functioning, improve parents’ ability to successfully parent their children, and support positive child development and well-being. These findings directly support the claim that Relief Nurseries reduce foster care placement, time spent in foster care, and if placed in foster care, are likely to reduce the impact from placement on a child whose parents or foster parents stay connected with a Relief Nursery.    Click here for the most recent report from Portland State.

There is a tremendous amount of research showing that prolonged, toxic stress in early childhood can have devastating personal and societal implications in terms of mental and physical health. Researchers from the medical, science, and psychological communities as well as economists have shown that programs such as those in the Relief Nursery model have been shown to counter the effects of neglect in early childhood.

Click here for research from the Center for the Developing Child at Harvard University.

Does TVCRN have a waiting list? If so, how many children are waiting to get into your program?

Our “waiting list” is more of a “children not being served list.” A waiting list should be 2-3 children. We have between 22 and 32 children regularly on our list. It is the primary reason we need a new, larger facility.

How long is the median stay for a child at TVCRN?

Because the situations of our clients vary so greatly, the length of stay varies, but since July 2010, the median stay is about 12 months. We prefer children and families remain in program until several risk factors have been eliminated or significantly reduced. Perhaps it is obvious, but we have the greatest impact on both children and their parents when they are with us for at least six months. It takes time to make meaningful changes.

I hear a lot about “the research that shows maltreatment or adverse experiences in early childhood leads to mental and physical problems in adulthood.” What research?

Portland State University conducted a 2-year evaluation (2010-12) and found that these high-risk families receiving wrap-around prevention services through Oregon’s Relief Nurseries had increased parent employment, improved quality of parent-child interactions, increased frequency of reading to children, reduced number of family risk factors, improved family functioning and stability, reduced use of emergency room services, and increased rates of child immunizations. Other research:

  • Author and therapist Robin Karr-Morse cites a great deal of research on the topic of child abuse and maltreatment and the consequences for all of us when these children become adults.

Why do donors want to support a Relief Nursery?

Generally, our donors appreciate the fact that early child development, in which an individual’s brain is being wired, is the critical time to prevent the problems of the future. Our prisons are full of adult males who were once 2- and 3-year-old boys whose early childhood experiences set them on a course of academic struggles, drug experimentation to deal with the stress, dropping out of school, and getting someone pregnant as a teenager. As taxpayers, it makes great economic sense to invest $5,000 or $6,000 annually in a child in a Relief Nursery program, rather than $31,000 for a year-long imprisonment. (And, the median stay in an Oregon prison is a little over five years.)

Do you use volunteer help?

Yes! We need volunteers in our therapeutic classroom on a regular basis to help keep our child-to-adult ratios low, and we need volunteers to help with lawn and facility maintenance and office work.  Volunteers need to be at least 13.

Is TVCRN a day care?

No, we have a therapeutic classroom which looks very similar to a preschool classroom, but the children enrolled in this program are with us just twice a week in three-hour sessions. Just as one hour of therapy each week may help an adult to heal, the therapeutic approaches used by our staff and volunteers are so consistent that noticeable progress is made with just six hours of contact time each week with a child.

How much does it cost for the therapeutic classroom or home visiting service?

Once a child is enrolled in our therapeutic classroom, his or her parent(s) or caregivers agree to at least one home visit each month to discuss child development and that particular child’s development, needs and progress, A parent whose child is on our waiting list for the classroom may receive monthly home visits while waiting for an opening. All our services are free.

If it’s free, how is TVCRN funded?

We are a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. Like other non-profits, we rely on the generosity of donors who are passionate about child abuse prevention, helping fragile families eradicate or reduce risk factors for abuse and neglect, and early childhood education/school readiness. We also rely on private foundation grants and are awarded a sizeable Oregon State Legislative Grant each biennium when we meet outcomes and raise at least 25% of this in local contributions and private foundation dollars.

How much money is brought into our community from outside our region?

For the 2013-14 fiscal year, TVCRN brought in $87,765 from private foundations outside our area and should receive $209,000 from a combination of State Legislative funding, Title XX funds, and Family Support dollars.

How can a “regular person” help?

Donations are so helpful — and you don’t need to be a wealthy philanthropist. Making a monthly donation of $10 or an annual pledge of $100 means the world to us! Generally, because we write grants for specific aspects of our program, cash donations are used for those much-needed things that grants generally don’t address, such as liability insurance, facility maintenance, and our interventionists’ cell phones.

Are there other Children Relief Nurseries?

“Relief Nursery” is a copyrighted name of a model started and refined in Eugene, Oregon in 1976. There are presently 14 certified Relief Nurseries throughout Oregon and another 8 certified satellite nurseries. Two others have applied for certification (Coos Bay and McMinnville areas). The Relief Nursery in Eugene has also certified nurseries in Texas, and in the Ukraine.

Oregon Relief Nurseries

Oregon Association of Relief Nurseries

What are the Nursery’s Current Needs?

Birthday Cards

Children’s Birthday Cards, as our classroom staff presents each child with a book and a card on his/her birthday.

Children’s Activities

Shaving Cream – Stickers – Play Dough – Tempura Paint – Children’s Music CDs – Small Dry Erase Boards – Dry Erase Markers – New or Gently Used Books for Toddlers

Gift Cards

Gift Cards to: Grocery Stores – Office Supply Stores – Hardware Stores – Book Stores – Local gas stations (These are used for nursery supplies or to assist our clients with their needs. Parents residing some distance from the nursery are especially appreciative of gas cards.)

Nursery Needs

Laundry detergent, Dryer Sheets, Bleach

Office Supplies

8 x 11 Copy Paper – Postage stamps – Duct Tape – Masking Tape – Packing Tape – Black Ink Pens – Card Stock Paper – Manilla Envelopes

Personal Care

Pull-ups in all sizes – Baby Shampoo/Children’s Shampoo – Feminine Products (tampons/pads) – Hand Sanitizer




What can YOUR donation do?

Help to nourish a child in our nursery.

Pledging $12 each month, provides milk for every child in the nursery for that month.

A $7 monthly contribution feeds a toddler in our care for an entire year.

Donating $3 from each paycheck will buy paper plates for one month, saving us labor costs if we were to hand-wash re-usable plates.

Preparing children to read takes books.

A $10 monthly pledge allows us to maintain a library of new, quality, paperback and hard-cover children’s books.

An $8 pledge each pay period could help provide families with books so parents can help their children develop a love of reading.

Having $5 withdrawn from each paycheck can go a long way, as we find gently-used children’s books at local yard sales and thrift stores.

Children need to explore and exercise.

When the weather cooperates, we make sure children have opportunities to encourage their gross motor skills. A one-time gift of $68 would buy a child-sized picnic table, while a $59 contribution would buy a canopy.

A one-time donation of $10 provides a can of sunscreen, and a monthly withdrawal of $4 would provide a plastic pail and shovel for each toddler as well as a container of bubbles or fake snow.

Relief Nurseries depend on caring volunteers.

When you donate $63, you pay for the background check of an out-of-state volunteer. (All adults must pass this check to work with children.)

For just $6 a month, you can help sponsor our volunteer recognition activities — small events that honor those who gives these children the most valuable gift one can give — his or her time.

Your $2 monthly pledge would provide training materials for volunteers.

We focus on our parents, too.

Because most of our parents have no vehicle, they walk several blocks to and from the nursery. A $4 gift provides a case of bottled water.

Your $9 monthly pledge would provide bus tokens for our parents who don’t drive, or gasoline gift cards for our parents who do.

Because seeing one’s parents reading is key to developing reading skills, a $20 donation provides a subscription to a magazine like Family Fun.

Do you need anything besides cash?

Potential funders take into consideration both cash and in-kind donations as evidence of “community support” for our work. And, of course, donations of goods we regularly use make a direct impact on our bottom line. Sanitizing wipes, hand soap, paper towels, and toiler paper are the items we use most frequently. A doctor’s office that can donate an occasional box of gloves (for our diaper-changing area) or a fruit-grower who can donate a box of fruit when in season — these are quite helpful and very appreciated! And, we can use just about any art-and-craft materials from glue to googly eyes.