Local resources to help children and families
Expanded Food & Nutrition Program
Ingham County MSU Extension
5303 South Cedar St. Lansing, MI 48911
Description: Program offers training in basic nutrition, meal planning and preparation, stretching dollars, food safety, healthy eating and feeding infants and children.
Eligibility: Low income residents of Ingham County with children 0-19 years of age.
Contact: Joyce McGarry – firstname.lastname@example.org
Family Resource Center
Michigan State University
1407 S. Harrison, Suite 225, East Lansing, MI 48823
Programs offered: Classes and workshops for parents on a variety of topics. The Center also publishes a “Community Resource Directory” and “Things to Do at MSU: An Activity Guide for Families.”
Parenting Classes/Workshops: Sponsored by MSU Health4U, visit their webpage for a calendar.
Eligibility: Open to all MSU faculty/staff/student who are parents with children (ages 1-12).
Contact: Lori Strom, FRC Coordinator strom [at] hr.msu.edu
Find a Meetup Group Near You
Description: Meetup is the world’s largest online network of local groups. Meetup makes it easy for anyone to organize a local group or find one of the thousands already meeting up face-to-face.
How to use: Click the link above. Type in Lansing or your zip code into the search bar. You can also type in keywords such as “parenting,” “playgroup,” “moms,” or “dads.” There are already groups set up in the Lansing area, but you can also start your own group.
Great Start to Quality
Michigan Dept. of Education Office of Great Start
Description: Great Start to Quality is the best place for families to search for childcare and preschool.
Services: Every licensed and registered program and provider is listed in an easy-to-use search engine including Head Start and Great Start Readiness Programs. Families can search by zip code, hours of operation or something even more specific. If a child has a food allergy or a special need for example, families can search using that detail and find a program that meets their needs.
Ingham Great Start Collaborative (GSC)
Description: A coalition of human service agencies, coalition of parents, and other partners working together to develop a network of early education and care providers to support children and families in Ingham County.
Meetings: Ingham GSC usually meets on the second Wednesday of each month at the Grace United Methodist Church from 1-3 pm.
Get Involved: Visit our website to learn about Ingham GSC workgroups and other efforts to advocate on behalf of young children in Ingham County.
Ingham Great Start Family Coalition
Description: A network of parent groups, parent organizations and parent members willing to help, plan and support the Ingham Great Start Collaborative (GSC) efforts. The members of the Parent Coalition serve as key contacts to a broad range of parent groups in order to facilitate the exchange of information between parents, parent groups and the Ingham GSC.
Website: www.inghamgreatstart.org (Click on the icon in the sidebar).
Contact: MC Rothhorn – inghamGSCparents [at] gmail [dot] com
Kinship Care Resource Center
MSU School of Social Work
254 Baker Hall, East Lansing, MI 48824
(517) 355-9600 or (800)535-1218
Resources for families: The mission of the center is to provide support for the physical, emotional, cultural and social well-being of kinship families in the state of Michigan.
Services include: linking families to community resources, providing kinship care related technical support and consultation to agencies.
Contact: kinship [at] msu [dot] edu
March of Dimes
2450 Delhi Commerce Dr. Suite 11, Holt, MI 48842
Description: March of Dimes mission is to improve the health of babies by preventing birth defects, premature birth and infant mortality.
Local services: Offers educational materials (English and Spanish) for expectant parents. Holds the March for Babies Walk every April. For specific information, visit www.marchforbabies.org
Description: Mid-Mitten Kids was created by a local Early Childhood Professional and Mom of 3 (Ages 13, 8 & 6) to share activities, events and information for families that live around the Mid-Michigan area (Lansing/Jackson).
Willow Tree Family Center
3333 S. Pennsylvania Ave Ste 101, Lansing, MI 48910
Description: Willow Tree Family Center is a not-for-profit organization that is dedicated to growing strong, empowered families by providing support groups and educational services for pregnancy, birth and beyond.
Resources offered: Willow Tree provides services such as childbirth, parenting, and nutrition classes, a provider directory, a blog and newsletter, a lending library of books and videos, a doula program, resources for home birth midwives and families, and various free support groups for parents based on their needs.
Eligibility: Open to all expecting parents, parents and caregivers.
Email: support [at] willowtreefamily [dot] com
WKAR Education Services
Michigan State University
283 Communication Arts Bldg. East Lansing, MI 48824
Description: WKAR supports families, teachers and learners of all ages.
PBS Learning Media – Your destination for easy, instant access to thousands of classroom-ready, digital resources. Free for educators.
TeacherLine – High quality online professional development courses for PreK-12 teachers in Michigan.
Ready to Learn – Works with community partners helping mid-Michigan families prepare children to become successful learners throughout their lives.
Eligibility: Open to all.