This series workshop helps parents and caregivers of children ages 0-3 to develop the skills needed to support the social and emotional development of their child.

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Are you a parent or caregiver who needs help with your toddler? Want to reduce some of that parenting or childcare provider stress and decrease behavior problems in children you care for? Looking to enhance your parenting skills or learn helpful information about early childhood development?

Join Michigan State University (MSU) Extension’s free Building Early Emotional Skills (BEES) workshops to develop the skills needed to support the social and emotional development of young children. These series classes are offered in a variety of formats including: face-to-face, web-based, and webinar-based. Participants will receive information that will help them apply what they learned in class to real-life situations at home with their children.

The BEES program is available for two audiences: parents and early childhood professionals. Participants should be the caregiver for a child between the ages of birth and three years. For more information:

In-person Training:
Look for an opportunity near you on the events calendar.

Early Childhood Professional Web-based Training:
Kendra Moyses, Senior Extension Educator

Parent Webinar-based Training:
Courtney Aldrich, Program Instructor

There is also an online course for those interested in becoming trained facilitators of the Building Early Emotional Skills (BEES) for Groups (Parents) curriculum to be able to run BEES for Groups workshops in your community.

Web-based Train the Trainer:
Kendra Moyses, Senior Extension Educator

Click on the links above to learn more about the training options and for registration information.

Check out MSU Extension’s video based resources on the MSU Extension Early Childhood YouTube channel. Topics of videos include: friendship skills, communication, developing independence, cooperation, misbehavior, early literacy, sibling relationships and much more. New video topics are added frequently!

The Building Early Emotional Skills program was funded by a grant from the USDA/NIFA Children, Youth, Families at Risk grant program under award No. 213-41520-20939.

BEES Program Summary

BEES Evaluation Summary