The Nest – Center for Women, Children, and Families was formed in 1977. Originally operating as two organizations, the Lexington Child Abuse Council and the Women’s Center of Central Kentucky, these organizations joined forces to become The Nest! The organization streamlined the work of both entities into one that could provide high quality, comprehensive services to women, children and families in crisis, while working to prevent child abuse and neglect. The center has continually offered resources for families to develop the skills and education needed for a healthier lifestyle and self-sufficiency.
The mission of The Nest is to provide a safe place for education, counseling, and support to children and families in crisis. We are different than most nonprofits by the way we focus on FOUR separate programs that work together using a holistic approach for the whole family. Our programs include:
- Childcare – Our Childcare Program is a state-licensed 3-star rated program. Our program is the only drop-in, free respite childcare program in the area, and one of the few in the country. We provide a safe and nurturing environment, while attending to the physical, emotional, and developmental needs of children. We are dedicated to preventing child abuse and provide a high-quality early childhood education.
- Crisis Care – Our Crisis Care Program provides basic necessities such as diapers, formula, toiletries for children and adults, car seats and cribs, cleaning supplies, and children’s clothing. Our goal is to empower families to move forward in their lives, by attending to their current needs.
- Domestic Violence Counseling and Advocacy – Our Domestic Violence Counseling and Advocacy program provides assessments, individual counseling, education support groups, and legal advocacy for English and Spanish-Speaking victims of domestic violence.
- Parent Education and Support – Our Parent Education and Support Program offers parenting skills assessments, parenting classes, and parenting self-help groups. Parenting classes are structured, curriculum-based courses focusing on effective parenting and non-violent methods of discipline.
All our programs at The Nest, are provided for FREE. Together, these four programs provide a save and nurturing place for families. We hope to become one of the leading resources for building a strong, self-sufficient community.
The Nest Child Care Center provides child care services to families as well as drop-in child care to accommodate parents who are under stress and need time away from their children. This service allows parents who have no support system for child care make it to appointments or simply to have a needed break, while knowing their child is in a safe, nurturing environment.