May 12, 2022

$2.5 Million Lead Gift Launches Campaign for Yolo Crisis Nursery’s New Facility

Yocha Dehe Wintun Nation Announces Support as Lead Donor for Brighter Tomorrows Campaign

Brooks, CA, [May 12, 2022] – Yolo Crisis Nursery announced a lead gift of $2.5 million from the Yocha Dehe Wintun Nation at an event today celebrating the launch of a new Nursery facility in Davis. The gift officially kicks off the nonprofit organization’s $9.5 million Brighter Tomorrows Campaign to build a larger facility that will enable the Nursery to create new programs, expand its services, and serve more children and families.

“We are extremely grateful for this generous gift and honored by the Yocha Dehe Wintun Nation’s support for our mission,” said Yolo Crisis Nursery Executive Director Heather Sleuter. “Their donation is a source of inspiration. It reflects our shared commitment to helping the children and families of Yolo County and provides the resources to act on that vision, to actually create brighter tomorrows.”

The new, 9,000+ square-foot facility, located on a one-acre parcel of land in South Davis is being donated by Blue Bus LP, replacing the Nursery’s current location, a 1,400-square-foot rental home that the organization has occupied since it was founded in 2001. Groundbreaking for the new Nursery is slated for spring 2023 and construction is scheduled to be completed in summer 2024.

Yolo Crisis Nursery’s new home will feature:

  • More than triple the number of beds for housing children overnight
  • Designated spaces for preschool classes, training sessions, and meetings
  • Private offices for parent counseling and other wraparound services
  • Space for medical assessments, targeted therapy, parenting training, and expanded services
  • Outside playground space, with designated separate age-appropriate areas
  • Improved facilities and equipment, from an efficient, modern kitchen to critical security systems
  • Administrative spaces, storage, and entry areas to provide more effective services
  • Numerous benefits for clients, including access to public transportation, proximity to a nearby grocery store and pharmacy, and a community park within walking distance

“Yolo Crisis Nursery transforms lives,” said Yocha Dehe Wintun Nation Tribal Chairman Anthony Roberts. “By protecting children, supporting parents in crisis, and preserving families, the Nursery breaks generational cycles of abuse and neglect. We’re proud to partner with Yolo Crisis Nursery and enable this critical expansion of their work.”

Yolo Crisis Nursery is the county’s leading nonprofit in nurturing healthy and resilient children, strengthening parents, and preserving families. The Nursery’s programs and services keep children safe and healthy while providing parents with the support and resources to manage and overcome the underlying problems that brought them to the Nursery. This distinctive, welcoming approach addresses the root causes of child abuse, neglect, and the fragility of families in crisis. In its first 20 years, the Nursery helped over 7,500 children and their families. With support from the Nursery, thousands of parents have secured employment, permanent housing, and the parenting skills to help their children thrive.

The pandemic and population growth in Yolo County significantly increased the demand for Yolo Crisis Nursery’s services. In 2021 the Nursery:

  • Served 67% more families
  • Provided over 2,429 safe stays for children
  • Delivered nearly 3,900 care packages to families in crisis, a 43% increase over 2020

“Even before 2020 we were stretched beyond our capacity and planning a new facility,” said Jennifer Thayer, Yolo Crisis Nursery Board President. “The pandemic accelerated an already urgent situation. The needs of our community were unprecedented.”

The Brighter Tomorrows Campaign

The Brighter Tomorrows Campaign will fund construction of the new facility as well as support the Nursery in transitioning to its home, creating new and expanded programs, and meeting the broader levels of service enabled by the building.

In addition to the Yocha Dehe Wintun Nation’s $2.5 million lead gift and the land donation by Blue Bus LP, the Brighter Tomorrows Campaign has received generous support with leadership gifts from Sutter Health, Our Little Light Foundation, First 5 Yolo, The Johanna Anderson Trueblood Foundation, Valente Foundation, Kelly Foundation, and Mohini Jain. The City of Davis ($500,000) and Yolo County ($1 million) also committed American Rescue Plan funding to the new facility. As it enters the next phase of the Brighter Tomorrows Campaign, Yolo Crisis Nursery has raised $8 million of its $9.5 million goal.

 “The early support from the community has been remarkable,” said Jane Eadie, Campaign Chair of the Brighter Tomorrows Campaign. “From the tremendous gift by the Yocha Dehe Wintun Nation to local businesses, Yolo County, the City of Davis, and Yolo Crisis Nursery’s Board, Campaign Cabinet, and friends, the generosity and compassion of our community has been inspiring.”

Individuals, businesses, and foundations who would like to learn more about the Brighter Tomorrows Campaign and how they can participate can contact Becky Heard, Yolo Crisis Nursery Director of Development and Community Relations, at or (530) 758-6680.

For Media Use and Available on Request:

  • Photos of the Brighter Tomorrows Campaign launch event
  • Illustrations and a site map of the new facility
  • Interviews with Yolo Crisis Nursery leadership

For more information about the Yolo Crisis Nursery and its Brighter Tomorrows Campaign, visit

Media Contact:
Mikaela Leach
Phone: 617.549.7575

Yolo Crisis Nursery

Established in 2001, the Yolo Crisis Nursery’s mission is to nurture healthy and resilient children, strengthen parents, and preserve families. The Nursery works to keep children safe and their families healthy and whole by offering trauma-informed care and wraparound services to families in crisis. It is open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year and the programs and services it provides are free. The Nursery offers nurturing crisis and respite childcare for children ages birth through five years and wraparound services that help parents manage the problems that brought them to the Nursery.

Yolo Crisis Nursery is a recognized leader in delivering life-changing programs and services. It is one of only four crisis nurseries operating in California and the only one licensed as a crisis nursery, daycare, and preschool, providing trauma-informed care in conjunction with support to parents and guardians.

Yocha Dehe Wintun Nation

Yocha Dehe Wintun Nation is a self-governed, sovereign nation that supports our citizens by strengthening our culture, stewarding our land, and creating economic independence for future generations. Yocha Dehe Wintun Nation is committed to building strong communities and developing effective partnerships with our neighbors in California’s Capay Valley and Yolo, Solano, Colusa, Lake, and Napa Counties, where our people have lived from time immemorial. (