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Parenting Program/Prison Nursery

The NCCW Parenting Program started in 1974 and was one of the first such programs in the United States to be introduced in a women's correctional facility. It includes parenting classes, overnight on-grounds child visits, extended day visits, and a nursery program. Children between the ages of 1 and 6 may spend up to five nights per month with their mothers in a living unit separated from general population. Newborns and children up to the age of 16 may have extended on-grounds day visits in the parenting program area. Mothers must meet all eligibility requirements and must be misconduct free prior to the visits. In 1994 the Parenting Program expanded to include an on-grounds nursery for babies born to mothers during their incarceration. Pregnant women must meet strict eligibility requirements in order to participate. The maximum participation time is generally 18 months. The overall goal of the program is to improve parenting skills and create a positive and nurturing bond between the baby and mother.

Program Population

Women seeking to reunify with their children. Day visits and Overnight visits: Women must not have a crime against children or a violent offense and must have taken parenting classes, completed a contract signed by security, work supervisor and agency parenting coordinator, and have good institutional conduct.

Program Capacity

Ongoing, no capacity – Day visits, overnight visit, nursery, classes available to general population.

Program Funding Source

Nebraska Department of Corrections.

Start Date Year
Curriculum Published

Nebraska Correctional Center for Women
1107 Recharge Road
York, NE 68467
United States