Outcomes we need, results we can trust


  • Relief Nurseries keep children safe in their homes. A recent evaluation by Portland State University found that nearly all (98.5%) of the children enrolled in Relief Nurseries between 2008 and 2010 avoided foster care and continued living safely with their families. 


  • Relief Nurseries substantially reduce family risk factors associated with child abuse and neglect. In a 2011 study, the average number of mutable risk factors dropped from 9-7 in the 12 months after intake. 


  • Relief Nurseries enhance literacy and increase school readiness. In a recent evaluation of Relief Nurseries, the percentage of parents reading to their children at least three times per week increased from 32% before enrollment to 52% after six months of Relief Nursery support. 


  • Relief Nurseries reduce the number of children in foster care. A Portland State University study published in 2011 found that Relief Nurseries reduce foster care placements and help children exit the foster care system twice as quickly as those not receiving services.


  • Relief Nurseries improve family economic stability. By providing assistance connecting with job training, education, employment assistance and other community resources such as WIC, TANF and child care subsidies, families are better off. The PSU evaluation found that 18% of the families were employed on intake and after 24 months of Relief Nursery services, 32% were employed.


  • Decreased emergency room use. Relief Nurseries are also successful in linking families to health care resources, as evidenced by decreased use of emergency room services for routine care. 

Read what The Children's Institute has to say about Relief Nurseries:

Watch Economist Art Rolnik's TED Talk on the return on investment in early childhood investment:

Stories from our families.

2015 Evaluation

2012 Evaluation

2011 Evaluation


Counties: Benton, Clackamas, Coos, Crook, Douglas, Deschutes,

Jackson, Jefferson, Josephine, Lane, Marion, Multnomah

Malheur, Polk, Umatilla, Washington, Yamhill

2009 Evaluation

2007 Evaluation

2017 Evaluation




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