Supporting Michigan's families, communities and small businesses


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True to its land-grant mission, Michigan State University’s vast knowledge and resources reaches into all 83 Michigan counties; extending the borders of the campus to every community in the state.

Now, during this time of uncertainty for Michigan’s families and communities, MSU is working even harder to share free resources and support to individuals, families, communities and businesses across the state.

We are updating this page frequently, so please continue to check back for the latest information.

  • Resources for families with children

    Extend the classroom to the living room, kitchen or backyard!

    • MSU Extension’s Remote Learning and Resources web site is your one-stop-shop for all things Extension has to offer online - from personal budgeting articles to activities for your children.
    • Educational resources (organized by grade levels) specific to managing students' educations during school closures.
    • WKAR’s Curious Crew take a hands-on approach to investigating principles of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) with award-winning educator Rob Stephenson.
    • PBS LearningMedia is your destination for easy, instant access to thousands of classroom-ready, digital resources.
    • Stay inspired and engaged with online learning activities from the MSU Museum.
    • Join Abrams Planetarium staff for an interactive story time twice a week on Facebook Live. Experts will read space-themed stories and talk about the astronomy and science in those stories. There also will be an opportunity to post questions and receive answers during a live chat stream.
    • Keep children active and motivated. MSU's mascot Sparty coaches kids through a variety of fun exercises! Aerobics, strength training and motor skills are all important physical activities for children to grow healthy and strong, to prevent future injuries and, of course, to have fun!
    • Little learning opportunities throughout the day can make a big difference in children's lives. Reading aloud with children and working math lessons into playtime is a great way to jump-start their development.
    • Understanding the unique needs of children with autism is essential. Spartan Caregiver Support aims to address this urgent need by providing caregivers with free informational support via phone, video chat or other electronic media.
    • Michigan State University, Department of Counseling, Assistant Professor, Matthew Brodhead, shares advice and tips for caretakers of children with autism. Including maintaining daily routines to getting personal advice from free interactive support.
    • From dance parties to push-ups with your pup! Karin Pfeiffer, Michigan State University Kinesiology Professor, shares with parents’ tips and takeaways for staying active with your kids while the stay home order is in effect.
    • The MSU Extension Extra Enrichment Kits feature five to six early childhood activities with a focused learning goal (social and emotional health, literacy, STEM, etc.), a supply list, suggested children’s books, introduction letters to families to explain how to use the materials, and an evaluation so families can share their experience with the kits.
  • Resources for teachers

    MSU has prepared a number of support programs and materials that will help Michigan’s K-12 school districts prepare for online instruction this fall. 

    Among these programs is the Foundations of Successful Online Teaching and Learning series that was collaboratively developed by MSU digital pedagogy experts and Okemos Public Schools

    Additional MSU resources include a free massive open online course (MOOC) developed by the College of Education to help schools with the rapid transition to remote instruction. 

    The College of Education also offers a three-course (nine-credit) Graduate Certificate in Online Teaching and Learning that focuses on thoughtful and skilled online teaching in-depth. 

    How can teachers adapt to remote learning? What are some best practices?

    The novel coronavirus has caused many PreK-12 schools to transition from face-to-face instruction to some form of online learning. In order to support the transition to remote learning, the faculty, students and alumni of the Master of Arts in Educational Technology (MAET) program have put together several blog posts that focus on general considerations, challenges and specific strategies for PreK-12 levels.

    Free training and resources for all educators

    MSU's Master of Arts in Educational Technology Program Mini-MOOC on Remote Teaching focuses on high-priority, digestible topics with the intent of applying them to practice tomorrow. Because educators are teaching across a range of remote teaching contexts, we include no-tech, low-tech, and high-tech strategies throughout the experience.

    MSU researchers create free K-2 science and literacy lessons

    Researchers at Michigan State University have created a free, complete set of lessons designed to help kids in kindergarten through second grade learn—and love—science.

    Elementary schools and teachers can now download the SOLID Start materials, which cover the Next Generation Science Standards and many English Language Arts standards.

    MSU Extension has created a new resource for schools, agencies, and families 

    The Extension Extra Enrichment Kits feature five to six early childhood activities with a focused learning goal (social and emotional health, literacy, STEM, etc.), a supply list, suggested children’s books, introduction letters to families to explain how to use the materials, and an evaluation so families can share their experience with the kits.

  • Health and wellness

    How to properly clean, sanitize and disinfect

    MSU Extension has health and wellness resources available, including information intended to educate such as the differences between cleaning, sanitizing and disinfecting (and when to use each method).

    MSU Health Care Drive-Thru Testing & Mobility

    MSU Health Care is providing free drive-thru testing Monday through Friday from 9-12 in the Radiology parking lot 100. Starting the 8th of May we will be sending our mobile testing site out into the community. More.

    Handle stress with mindfulness

    Stress Less with Mindfulness introduces participants to the experience and practice of mindfulness, with a goal of reducing stress. Research has shown that practicing mindfulness is effective in reducing stress-related symptoms such as worry, depression and physical tension, and may be helpful in managing chronic conditions.

    Supports for Caregivers of People with Autism 

    Spartan Caregiver Support, a new Michigan State University program is providing free informational support and resources to autism caregivers across Michigan.

  • Community resources

    Issue-specific resources for local governments

    Local governments play a crucial role in responding to the outbreak of novel coronavirus, providing essential information to residents, and ensuring the health and safety of their resources. MSU Extension's Local Government Resources for Novel Coronavirus Response page will be updated regularly with resources and webinars to help Michigan local governments navigate this outbreak.

    Mitigating racism during a health crisis

    The COVID-19 pandemic has amplified the health and economic disparity that exists in black communities. MSU’s College of Social Work is offering a continuing education opportunity for community leaders to help them identify strategies to apply a health equity frame to a public health crisis and define roles to understand and mitigate racism as it relates to health and health outcomes.

  • Business support

    Connecting and supporting Michigan's vital food businesses

    Michigan has food system networks that for more than a decade have been advancing a shared vision of a food system that provides all Michiganders access to safe, healthy, and affordable food. These networks, many of which are coordinated by the Michigan State University Center for Regional Food Systems and actively engaged with MSU Extension, are buzzing with activity to adapt to the food system challenges we face.

    Directory of financing sources for food-related businesses

    The directory includes sources of national and local finance opportunities that may be available to producers, distributors, food hubs, and food-related businesses. The directory is divided into four funding sources types: crowd funding, accelerator, miscellaneous (non-federal), and federal resources.

    Bookmark the Center for Regional Food Systems events calendar

    This calendar is updated regularly with free webinars specific to supporting food-related businesses.

Additional resources

  • Subscribe to WKAR's Family and PBS Kids Newsletter. The new WKAR Family and PBS Kids newsletter is emailed each weekday with ideas and resources to keep your kids playing and learning at home while school is closed.
  • Bookmark MSU Extension's Remote Learning Virtual Events calendar to access the resources you need, wherever you need them.