About SCDC

Spartan Child Development Center

Hours of Operation: Monday through Friday, 7:30 am – 5:30 pm, as of 1/3/2023

Holiday Closures: Closed during major holidays and some additional days. Please see important dates tab for more information.

Main Number: 517-353-5154

Center Email: children@msu.edu

Message from the Director  

Welcome to Spartan Child Development Center! The center was established in 1971 and is dedicated to meeting the needs of all children ages two weeks to six years. We provide an environment that nurtures and guides children’s individual growth and development. Our philosophy focuses on the fact that each child is a unique person with an individual personality, learning style, and cultural background.

SCDC is committed to providing a multi-cultural, nonsexist, and nonviolent atmosphere. The curriculum is play-based and child-centered. Teachers develop lesson plans that support the ideas and interests of the children. Experiences are provided that meet the individual learning needs of the children and support growth in the following developmental areas; social-emotional, cognitive, physical, and language.

Spartan Child Development Center is a self-supporting, registered 501 c3 non-profit corporation and the Center has affiliate status with Michigan State University. The policy-making body is the board of directors, which is a group of individuals comprised of parents, staff members, and professionals from MSU and the community. Monthly board meetings are open to the public and parents are encouraged to attend.

Families are always welcome at the center and are encouraged to be active participants in their child’s experience at SCDC. Please visit, volunteer, and communicate regularly with your child’s teachers. Parents are encouraged to share questions and concerns with teachers and administrative staff at any time. The goal of SCDC is to provide every child and parent with a positive experience!

Kaitlin Allen

Executive Director