Services that support your family, both on campus and off.

On Campus

Family Resource Center - (517) 432-3745 or
The FRC is committed to policies, practices and programs supportive of the members of its diverse community as they balance their responsibilities of work and family. The FRC encourages at all levels, an environment which is supportive of and sensitive to the needs and mutual dependence of the workplace and working families. Outstanding resource for all needs and concerns related to faculty and staff members dealing with family related issues, including childcare and eldercare. 

MSU Child Development Laboratories (CDL) - (517) 355-1900 or
The CDL is a partner with the family in the education and socialization of children during their early years. It offers many opportunities for family involvement in a child's educational experience.  Students, faculty members, and families all benefit from these shared activities, learning from one another and working together for the well-being of the children.

Spartan Child Development Center - (517) 353-5154 or
Established in 1971, the center is dedicated to meeting the needs of children ages two weeks to six years in an environment that nurtures and guides their individual growth and development. SCDC features a curriculum that is play-based and child-centered with theme-organized lesson plans, in a multi-cultural, non-violent, non-sexist, inclusive atmosphere. The program is designed to meet the social, emotional, cognitive, and physical needs of the developing child.

MSU Couple and Family Therapy Clinic - (517) 432-2272 or
The MSU Couple and Family Therapy Clinic is the clinical facility of the Ph.D. specialization in Marriage and Family Therapy (MFT). The MFT doctoral specialization at MSU provides the education and training for the professional practice of MFT as a mental health service. All therapy is conducted by MFT doctoral interns under the supervision of clinical faculty. Our mission is to provide therapeutic services for families, couples, and individuals of all ages through a systemic lens.

MSU Student Food Bank - (517) 432-5136
During Fall and Spring semesters, the MSU Student Food Bank, located at Olin Health Center is open in the evening twice a month. All enrolled MSU students who do not have Residence Hall meal plans are eligible for Food Bank services. All enrolled MSU students are required to show proof of enrollment and a student ID.

Chance at Childhood Clinic - (517) 336-8088 or
MSU College of Law students represent abused, neglected, and at-risk children and families as part of the Child and Family Advocacy Certificate Program - a joint program offered by MSU-DCL and the MSU Graduate School of Social Work.

Community Resources and External Links

Ingham County Health Department Office for Young Children (OYC) - (517) 887-4319 or (800) 234-6996
The OYC promotes and improves the availability, affordability, and accessibility of quality early education and child care for children in Ingham, Eaton, Clinton, and Shiawassee counties. The OYC is a child care resource and referral agency coordinating services for children, families, and agencies in the mid-Michigan area.

The American Red Cross - (517) 484-7461
The Red Cross assists with enough food, diapers and/or formula to get through until the next business day. ARC also helps clients find available space in public shelters and may consider a motel in certain situations. They also have coordinated extended services program for long term case management for the homeless population.

The Salvation Army - (517) 484-4424
The Salvation Army assists with emergency food and personal needs assistance for needy families. The Salvation Army gives away free produce every Wednesday at 1PM in our gym. A valid photo ID is required, first come, first serve. They may also assist with utility shut offs and rent/mortgages arearages, if funding is available. Please call for eligibility requirements.

Lansing Area Food Pantries
A comprehensive listing of the food pantries available in the Lansing/East Lansing communities.

Capital Area Community Services, Inc. - (517) 393-7077
CACS offers assistance in finding housing as well as help with food and personal needs items for the homeless. Commodity and supplemental food programs for low income families are also available.

The Women, Infants and Children (WIC) Program - (517) 887-4326
A supplemental food and nutrition education program for those women and children who qualify, as nutritionally at risk due to income or medical deficiencies.  WIC services are available at the Ingham County Health Department

  • Breastfeeding Help Hotline through WIC - 517-887-4543

Child and Family Charities - (517) 882-4000 or 877-833-3689 (crisis hotline) 
Child and Family Charities has been protecting and strengthening families in mid-Michigan for over 100 years. The agency address the needs of abused, neglected and at-risk children and youth and their families, assisting them in overcoming crisis and the tough obstacles families face in a constantly changing society. 

Family Growth Centers - (517) 371-1347 or
The FGC strengthens families by providing parents with the tools and resources they need to raise healthy and happy children.  The Center connects families to helpful community resources, operates a small food, toy, and clothing bank, and offers free drop in respite childcare for parents who need a break. There is a branch of the Family Growth Center in the University United Methodist Church on Harrison, near Trowbridge.

Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Greater Lansing - (517) 372-0160
Matches adults and children for activities and support. Call to inquire about age requirements and to put your child on the waiting list.

Family Resource Center

517-432-3745 or

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MSU Child Development Laboratories (CDL)

517-355-1900 or

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Spartan Child Development Center

517-353-5154 or

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MSU Couple and Family Therapy Clinic


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MSU Student Food Bank


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Chance at Childhood Clinic


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Ingham County Health Department Office for Young Children (OYC)

517-887-4319 or 800-234-6996

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The American Red Cross


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The Salvation Army


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Capital Area Community Services, Inc.


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The Women, Infants and Children (WIC) Program


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Child and Family Charities

517-882-4000 or 877-833-3689 (Crisis hotline)

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Family Growth Centers

517-371-1347 or

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Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Greater Lansing


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