The Family & Child Development Center

“What would life be with no courage to attempt anything?” – Vincent van Gogh


Welcome to the Family and Child Development Center, a place where growth, learning, and well-being come together to create a nurturing environment for families and children. We are dedicated to providing comprehensive, high-quality treatment that support the healthy development of children and strengthen the bonds within families.

About the Family & Child Development Center

Our mission is to empower families and foster the healthy development of children through a holistic approach that combines education, social support, and community engagement. We believe that every child deserves a strong foundation for a bright future and that every family should have access to the resources they need to thrive.

Dr. Grapenthin is a licensed psychologist with a wealth of experience in the field. She holds a doctoral degree in psychology, specializing in clinical child psychology, earned at Indiana State University. Her internship at the Hawthorn Center in Northville, MI, provided her with extensive experience in an inpatient/outpatient facility for children facing chronic mental health issues.

Toby, Toby, Worry Free

Now available on Amazon!

The first book written by Lucinda Grapenthin PhD about ways to help children better manage their feelings.

When Toby is faced with learning to ride his bike so he can play with his friends, he begins to worry and worry and worry.

What if I fall?” “What if other kids laugh at me?” “What if I can’t ride my bike?!

Mommy pauses, attuning to his behavior. She accepts his emotions and calmly engages with him, encouraging his discovery of positive steps to solve this dilemma.

Toby learns a better way to manage his feelings by using his can do thoughts. Now, he can have fun!

Join Us in Building a Brighter Future

We invite you to join us on this journey of growth, discovery, and connection. Whether you’re a parent seeking high-quality childcare, an educator looking to make a difference, or a community member interested in supporting our mission, the Family and Child Development Center welcomes you with open arms.

Contact us today to learn more about our programs, schedule a visit, or explore ways to get involved in our vibrant community. Together, we can create a brighter future for children and families.