EMQ FamiliesFirst’s staff and board recognize that the Yolo Crisis Nursery is an important service to children and families in Yolo County; nevertheless, as is the case for all nonprofits, there are many programs that require support from a limited pool of charitable dollars, and EMQ FamiliesFirst can no longer run this program at its substantial deficit.
Over the past several years, EMQ FamiliesFirst has invested more than $1.6 million of charitable funds at the Crisis Nursery. For many months, we have explored options for increasing local/state government funding and the possibility of transitioning the nursery to other organizations. Unfortunately, our efforts to date have not been successful.
Despite local charitable contributions ($10,000 to $40,000 annually), the funding shortfall for this year alone remains at more than $350,000.
The nursery has achieved great outcomes for children and families in crisis, and we are proud of the services provided to the families of Yolo County. However, as presented at the meeting convened March 27 by state Sen. Lois Wolk, absent an increase in local funding, the Crisis Nursery will need to be transitioned or closed effective June 30. We will continue to support any and all legislative efforts that address the long-term fiscal sustainability of crisis nurseries.
President and CEO, EMQ FamiliesFirst