Kids & Parents




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Parental Leave Program (APA and APSA)

Representatives of the Administrative Professional Supervisors Association (APSA) and Administrative Professional Association (APA) negotiated with Michigan State University to produce the 2019-2023 contracts. Both union contracts introduce a paid parental leave program, with an implementation date of January 1, 2021.

Faculty and academic staff who are appointed on at least a 50 percent basis for nine months or more are immediately eligible for parental leave in accordance with the Parental Leave for Faculty and Academic Staff policy.  Faculty and academic staff are eligible to receive up to six (6) weeks of paid parental leave in connection with the birth of a child.  Faculty and academic staff who adopt a child younger than age six and/or not attending school full-time are eligible to receive up to six (6) weeks of paid parental leave.  For more specific details, please see the Parental Leave for Faculty and Academic Staff Policy.

Lactation Rooms and Support

MSU supports lactating parents and encourages supervisors to provide a supportive environment and private location for parents who choose to lactate to feed their babies or express/pump their breast/chest milk during the workday. Connect to the interactive room location map and other lactation support services:

The MSU WorkLife Office partners with the Expectant Parent Organization to offer a New Parent Series of webinars during the Fall and Spring semesters for our MSU Faculty and Staff. These include (2) 4-part webinar series focused on Lactation Support and New Infant Care. Click here for more information on the Expectant Parent Organization.


Quality, affordable, licensed childcare is available in the area surrounding campus. There are many options that will help you find the best fit for you and your young ones.

Finding Childcare: This page will help you find the right childcare provider for your child.

Listen to our podcast with Liz Lauren and Laurie Linscott!

Unraveling Childcare Crisis 

Parenting Returning to Work 2020

Quaranteam Tips

Campus Childcare: Looking for campus-based care? There are a variety of Spartan Youth programs and activities for children ages Pre-K—12th grade. Additionally, there are two child development centers on campus. Looking for a care provider to come to your home to watch your child? You may also be interested in special needs care, tutoring help, private lessons, housekeeping, pet care and more. For free access to all of these services, MSU faculty and staff can find trusted care providers by visiting and signing up with your MSU NET ID email address. can provide phone-based assistance for people with disabilities - please call 855-781-1303 for further assistance.

Dependent Care Support: (previously Backup Care) Are you in a bind if your regular childcare provider is unable to care for your child? Or what if your child is ill and is unable to attend daycare or school? MSU Backup Dependent Care offers subsidized childcare service in several locations, including your family's home. : The KCRC serves kinship care families across the state by providing information and referrals to resources and services for caregivers and the children they are raising. KCRC also offers support to professionals serving kinship families.

Adoption Resources

Are you an adoptive parent or considering adoption? These resources may help answer your questions and connect you to other MSU parents with similar concerns: Adoption Resources.

Special Needs Support

Do you have a child with special needs? These campus-based, local and State of Michigan support resources may be helpful: Special Needs Kids.

Preparing for a new child

Coffective Mobile App is a free resource that helps families prepare for the birth of their baby and get a great start to lactation with digital hospital preparation checklist, captivating photos, and step-by-step instructions for each of the parents care best practices, and tips for overcoming common barriers. 

Connect with other MSU Parents

Family Email Listserv: To connect with other MSU parents, join this email list where you can ask questions, receive recommendations and stay in-the-know about issues that are relevant to you.  

The MSU WorkLife Office and Michigan State University do not endorse any of the aforementioned resources nor does MSU control or guarantee the content or continued availability of the sites. They are listed with the intent of providing information to the campus community about available options; users are advised to access at their own risk.

Family Employee Resource Group: A place for Spartans to connect on family related topics with the goal of connecting, building community and share best practices regarding raising or caregiving for children and caregivers. Meets every second Tuesday during the academic year. For questions contact


WEBINAR: How to raise kids to be actively anti-racist ( - Care@Work)

WLO Family Webinars 

Fighting the Mom Penalty in the COVID Era: How to Push Scientific Institutions to Ensure Caregiver Scientists Can Thrive At Work (Co-Hosted by 500 Women Scientists)

Mental Health Series Resources

For more information on Ele's Place, visit: 

For more information on Community Mental Health of Michigan, visit: 

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