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This eight-week 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. This eight-week class will take place for 90 minutes each week. Participants will receive educational enhancements 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 Trainings:
Contact earlychildhood@msu.edu or look for an opportunity near you on the events calendar.

Web-based Trainings:
Kendra Moyses, MSU Senior Extension Educator
kmoyses@msu.edu or 517-432-7654
Click on the links above to learn more about the online training and for registration information.

Web-based training's take place three times per year with sessions scheduled in the Fall, Winter and Spring. Due to the high demand of online learning, we have added a summer session. To be notified when the next class registration opens, click here and fill out your information.

Spring 2020: 
Registration is closed 
Class will run March 29-May 29

Summer 2020:
Registration will open June 15, 2020
Class will run June 21 - August 9
To be notified when the next class registration opens, click here and fill out your 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