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high-quality childcare with emphasis on helping to mitigate any trauma the child may have suffered. “With the three licenses and integrat- ed programs, the nursery not only keeps kids safe and families together, it pro- motes resiliency and readiness to learn,” Adams says. According to recent statistics of UC Berkeley’s California Child Welfare Indi- cators Project, children from birth to age 5 made up more than 46.5 percent of all substantiated cases of child abuse and neglect in Yolo County from 2008 to 2014 — exceeding the state’s percentages each year (except 2013 when it matched), which ranged from 42.7 to 46.5 percent. Executive Director Heather Sleuter, who has worked with the nursery for 10 years, says that while these rates are still too high, the number of substantiated child abuse and neglect cases in this age group dropped in Yolo County during this time period by over 25 percent. She believes the nursery is an effective solu- tion to continuing this downward trend. “In short, the Yolo Crisis Nursery is a proven program that saves families and saves lives,” says Sleuter. During fiscal year 2015-16, children at the nursery received care 2,285 times, up 31 percent from the previous year, which Adams says indicates that both the need is there and that the Nursery’s outreach brought more families to their doorstep. “That’s great, because we want to be able to serve every family that needs help,” Adams says. Ninety-eight percent of families served were low-in- come and Medi-Cal eligible, with the Counselor and childcare worker Connie Cordero has been with the Yolo Crisis Nursery since it opened. majority coming from Woodland (43 per- cent), West Sacramento (32 percent) and Davis (10 percent). For local families — like Michelle and her children — in crisis situations, the safe home and services provided by Yolo Crisis Nursery are nothing short of life-changing, and lifesaving. “With sol- id support from our community,” Adams says, “we’ll hopefully move ever closer to our vision that every child in Yolo C