The Respite Center

The Respite Center provides respite and crisis child care 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, to families experiencing high levels of stress. The ordinary demands of caring for children can drain a parent’s time, attention and energy. Being a parent becomes more difficult when a family faces additional challenges such as unemployment, social isolation, alcohol and chemical dependency, poverty, children with special needs, domestic and community violence, mental health challenges and or the continuous responsibility of single parenthood. The Respite Center can help.

Parents new to the Respite Center call for an intake appointment with a family service worker. It takes about an hour to fill out permission forms, provide information about your family’s needs, and to learn about our service.

There is a sliding fee scale for child care but no one is turned away for inability to pay.


  • Planned respite care to look for work, find housing, go to appointments, or just get a break from the difficult job of raising children
  • Emergency care for children when a crisis occurs
  • Social workers who schedule child care and provide crisis intervention services, short-term counseling and community referrals
  • Licensed and accredited care for children from birth through 14 at our home-like facility
  • Professional and volunteer child care staff who work to meet the physical and emotional needs of children in an environment that is designed to reduce stress and promote positive social interactions


“I felt validated when overwhelmed, frustrated and confused. Knowing that I am respected, listened to, accepted and encouraged has helped me find the strength to take positive steps to change my life.”

“The Respite Center is a true gift to the children and families we serve. Families face huge challenges trying to meet the needs of their children. The Respite Center provides a fun, safe place for children and support for stressed and tired parents. The Respite Center is crucial in both a time of crisis and also as a prevention strategy.“
– – Lynn Green, Director Dane County Dept. of Human Services