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.
Explore Parent Education Programming
September 10, 2019 - October 8, 2019 Tuesdays 9/17. 24 & 10/1, 8 3:30 p.m. - 5 p.m. Clare Gladwin RESD, 4041 E Mannsiding Rd., Clare, MI 48617
Building Strong Adolescents training focuses on the development of teens and identifies ways parents and caregivers can help their teens succeed.
September 18, 2019 - October 9, 2019 Health Department (3434 M-119 Suite A Harbor Springs, MI 49740)
Building Early Emotional Skills (BEES) for Early Childhood professionals is an opportunity to learn more about how children develop important social emotional skills, and how you can help them learn to understand and express their emotions appropriately.
September 22, 2019 2:00PM - 4:00PM St. Vincent de Paul Church 168 E Wright Ave Shepard, MI 48883
Learn about the importance of outdoor play. Great for child care providers as well as parents wanting to develop skills through hands on learning.
September 23, 2019 9:30AM - 10:30AM Kent County Extension Office MSUE Kent County Office, 775 Ball Ave NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503
For anyone who is a parent or caregiver of children 0-5 yrs. Learn about anger and strong emotion in infants, toddlers, and preschoolers.