Family Relief Nursery Services


  • Therapeutic Early Childhood Program/Respite Care Services

    Monday - Thursday, 9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

  • Parent Education Classes

    2018 schedule coming soon

  • Friday Respite Care

    2018 schedule coming soon

How to Enroll

How to Enroll in Family Relief Nursery:

The first step to receiving services is to call 503-236-8492 and set up an intake appointment. During this appointment, we'll determine if you qualify to receive services and can be accepted into our program. Intake appointments last between 45 minutes to an hour. Childcare is not provided; however, we can meet you in your home. Families are enrolled as space allows. If you must be put on our wait list, you will be eligible to receive outreach services, such as resource referrals, weekly home visits, and Friday respite childcare.

How to Enroll in Friday Respite Care:

Respite care is provided every Friday from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Priority is given to clients on our wait list. Space is limited to eight children. Clients enrolled in the program may call 503-236-8492 the Wednesday before to reserve a spot.

Program Overview

Family Relief Nursery provides five core services to strengthen families and give children the best possible start in life.

Therapeutic Nursery: We provide children with a high-quality therapeutic infant, toddler, or preschool classroom experience that helps them reach vital developmental and educational benchmarks. A low staff-to-child ratio ensures personal attention and builds self-esteem. We provide developmental assessments for all children, and referrals to additional resources are made as needed.

Respite Care: Our therapeutic classrooms give parents respite time to maintain employment, complete schooling, and resolve critical issues related to medical care, substance abuse treatment, and child welfare involvement. We also provide respite care one day each week for families enrolled in services on a first-come, first-served basis.

Parenting Education: We work with parents to cultivate parenting skills and build a strong family unit. In 2014, we implemented Nurturing Parenting, a family-centered, 12 week curriculum that enables parents to choose from a wide range of topics those most relevant and useful to them.

Home-Visiting Services: Weekly home visits are offered to families on the Waiting List and monthly visits to every enrolled family. Home Visits allow us to provide advocacy services and support. Upon entry in the program, we assess families' risk factors and support systems, and in monthly or weekly home visits, we develop individualized plans that help parents set and achieve goals. We provide access to resources that help parents to remove barriers inhibiting the development of better parenting skills. Home safety assessments are conducted at six-month intervals to ensure families maintain safe environments for their children.

In-home Services: Families who do not wish to enroll their children in child care have the option of attending parenting education classes and receiving home visits. Respite childcare is also available Fridays.

Culturally Specific Services: Family Relief Nursery has partnered with Portland Children's Levy to offer enhanced services to African-American families. These services include culturally specific parent educators, home visitors, teachers, support groups, and peer mentors.

Integrated Health Services: The main site Nursery has a naturopathic health clinic onsite, with treatment hours weekly. Health exams and treatment for acute and chronic illnesses are provided by naturopathic physicians and interns. Individual and group mental health counseling is also available at both main and East Nursery sites.

Transportation Services: We provide free transportation services to and from services, although space is limited