Our History

In 2001, the development of a Relief Nursery was included in the Coos County Comprehensive Plan developed by the community under the Coos Commission on Children & Families. While state funding was not available, the Southwestern Oregon Community College Childhood Education & Family Studies Programs and Family Center was developed into a program that met the needs of young children and their families by becoming the grantee for various programs such as those currently housed through the Family Center umbrella: Healthy Families Oregon (formerly Healthy Start), Family Support & Connections, Pathways to Positive Parenting, Child Care Resource & Referral, Educare Preschool, Nurturecare and our current Nurturing Center.

While serving children and their families, the Family Center developed partnerships with other programs and community partners, including: ADAPT Alcohol & Drug Prevention and Treatment, Women’s Safety & Resource Center, Head Start, Early Head Start, Housing Authority, Mental Health, Early Intervention, Public Health, MOMS program, School Districts, TANF/JOBS, Child Welfare, SOCC, KAIROS, ORCCA (Local Community Action), and the South Coast Business Employment Corporation. These organizations came together time after time to work on projects that would enhance services to at-risk families with young children.

As state funds for a Relief Nursery became available, the emerging South Coast Family Harbor was developed concurrently with the local Early Learning Division Hub. One of the early goals of the founders was to avoid duplication of existing county services while helping families with risk factors that could be effectively addressed by participation in a Relief Nursery program. As such, South Coast Family Harbor currently serves at-risk families with children ages 2-4.

In 2015 South Coast Family Harbor became its own 501c3. South Coast Family Harbor is now a full participant in the statewide network of Relief Nurseries and the Oregon Association of Relief Nurseries.

With the help of the Ford Family Foundation we were able to remodel the Neighborhood Facility Building and move in to our own newly remodeled building that is very well suited for future expansion of services provided to our families.