MSU Extension's child and family development services provide tools to help parents and caregivers. Our programs get children ready for school and promote social and emotional wellness and positive behaviors in children and youth.

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Parents and caregivers are the first to have influence on a child’s development and future academic success. To ensure the success of families across Michigan and to support children’s school readiness, MSU Extension has invested in research- and evidence-based programming for the parents, caregivers and early childhood educators who have the first opportunity to enhance children’s skills and become their best resources and advocates.

This programming supports families while helping parents and caregivers increase early childhood science, math and preliteracy skills, as well as enhancing the social and emotional wellness of children and youth. By increasing parents’ and caregivers’ knowledge of child and youth development, MSU Extension is able to help caring adults build a positive foundation for learning and lifelong success.