Toby’s House crisis nursery now open
Toby’s House Crisis Nursery opened Dec. 28.
Toby’s House will provide respite care for children ages 0-6, for families in need of safe childcare.
“We are just so excited to open our doors. The community has been so supportive of our mission to bring a crisis nursery to Great Falls,” Susie Zeak, Toby’s House director, said in a release.
Cascade County has a high rate of child abuse and neglect, per capita, according to the Toby’s House organizers.
“Sometimes a parent or caregiver needs a break just to cope with life and not everyone has another family caregiver to turn to,” Leesha Ford, board chair, said in a release. “We will continue to expand into weekend and overnight care to provide this service around the clock.”
Current opening hours are Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. at 421 5th St. N.
Toby’s House is committed to expanding hours to weekends and 24-hour care when needed for our community, according to a release.
The idea for Toby’s House started after numerous child deaths due to abuse and neglect in the community. A committee with the Early Childhood Coalition was formed in 2015 to brainstorm ideas to reduce child abuse and neglect rates. That committee decided the best solution was to create a crisis nursery and incorporated in 2016 into a nonprofit.