Parent Education

The development of basic life skills begins in early childhood. MSU Extension is here to support parents and caregivers in ensuring young children learn to grow, thrive and contribute in a complex and changing world.

The future of Michigan depends on the success of its children; the knowledge and skills they develop today will have an impact on their ability to lead later in life. Research shows that the possession of skills such as verbal and nonverbal communication, the ability to work cooperatively, a sense of responsibility and respect, community involvement, decision making and problem solving are all predictors of not only academic success but also of success in the community and workforce.

Since the development of these basic life skills begins in early childhood, it is vital that parents and caregivers are equipped with the tools to help children embrace these skills and learn to grow, thrive and contribute in a complex and changing world. To help address this critical area of need, Michigan State University (MSU) Extension provides early childhood programs that help parents,caregivers and other important adults in the lives of children from birth to age 8 develop important skills. 

For more information, contact an early childhood educator near you.


  • Feb 12

    Relax: Alternatives to Anger Delta County Winter Series

    February 12, 2020 - March 11, 2020 MSU Extension 2840 College Ave Escanaba, MI 49829

    RELAX is a five-part educational series designed to help participants understand and manage their social and emotional health through learning problem-solving skills.

  • Feb 12

    Guiding Principles for Highly Successful Parenting

    February 12, 2020 - March 11, 2020 Clare County Extension Office Clare -Gladwin RESD, 4041 E Mannsiding Rd, Clare MI 48612 Room A

    5 Week parenting series that will explore ways that families can be highly effective in raising their kids to be successful in school and in life.

  • Feb 12

    Building Early Emotional Skills

    February 12, 2020 - March 4, 2020 Otsego County United Way (116 E 5th St, Gaylord, MI 49735)

    The BEES Program is designed to provide parent education and critical support to parents of children newborn to age 3. BEES Program participants learn key parenting skills and early childhood development information, as well as find friendships and grow.

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