MSU Extension is focusing their early childhood development services in three dynamic areas. We provide tools to help parents and caregivers get children ready for school and offer programs that promote social and emotional health in young children.

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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 with young children while helping parents and caregivers increase early childhood science, math and preliteracy skills, as well as enhance children’s social and emotional development. By increasing parents’ and caregivers’ knowledge of these basic child development techniques, MSU Extension is able to promote school readiness and academic success.