Children, Youth, & Families
Number of Programs: 3
- East Lansing Campus: 325 W. Grand River, East Lansing, MI 48823
- Haslett Campus: 5750 Academic Way, Haslett, MI 48840
The MSU Child Development Laboratories (CDL) offers programming to children eighteen months to five years of age. We offer half-day academic year preschool as well as full-day, year-round preschool.
The CDL takes an active role in outreach, welcoming practitioners from across the state, country, and world to visit the labs, sharing information about their work in supporting children's development in all domains, and modeling exemplary practice in support of children's social development. Students and Early Childhood professionals benefit by the exemplary research-driven program within which university students can observe and practice developing skills; being included in a comprehensive Early Childhood educational program, which includes integration of literacy across the domains, the use of anti-bias curriculum, and advocacy for children; being supported in his or her professional development in an emotionally safe environment; and receiving written and oral feedback.
Students are supported in their professional development through conference presentations. Staff share their expertise through workshops, publications, and observational tours of their classrooms. Teachers can also complete their required number of hours for their Early Childhood Endorsement (ZS) at the Child Development Laboratories.
- CMS East Lansing: 4930 S. Hagadorn Rd., East Lansing, MI 48823
- CMS Detroit: 3408 Woodward Ave., Detroit, MI 48201
The MSU College of Music is actively engaged in bringing music education to communities in Greater Lansing and Detroit/Southeast Michigan, reaching thousands of children and adults each year.
Community Music School (CMS) East Lansing: For more than twenty years, CMS–East Lansing enrolls an average of approximately 3,000 students annually. Classes offered in collaboration with the College of Music included piano pedagogy, early childhood music education, teaching instrumental music, and string methods. A partnership with the Residential College in the Arts and Humanities included CMS-taught folk music classes for members of the MSU community and local residents.
Community Music School (CMS) Detroit: CMS-Detroit, in its 3rd year of operation, enrolled 462 students. The new center represents the College of Music’s commitment to Southeast Michigan and is an extension of the popular CMS–East Lansing. The new Detroit facility offers jazz for youth, band and orchestra for adults of all ages, the Aspiring Musicians Program for youth in grades 5-8, summer camps, adult group lessons, early childhood music education for children from birth through age 5, and music therapy clinical services.
730 Cresent Road, E. Lansing
The Spartan Child Development Center (SCDC) is equipped with heated sidewalks, a separate playground for toddlers, child-friendly windows in the infant rooms, heated floors in both infant and toddler rooms, safety surfacing in outdoor playrooms and in infant rooms, child-sized furniture, and hands-on gardening units for children to use. The SCDC, formerly called "Married Students Activity Day Care Center," has been a part of the MSU community since 1971. After 1980, it separated from the University and became Spartan Kid Care, Inc. Parents, both on and off campus, appreciate the exposure their children receive at the SCDC to art, science, music, drama, language development, and large and small motor play. Teachers are professionals, with education and training in child development and related fields.