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
February 8, 2023 7:00PM – 8:30PM Online; 7-8:30pm ET
The MSU Kinship Care Resource Center and MSU Extension partner to offer free online series of kinship caregiver workshops that provides guidance for caregivers of children as they navigate the challenges, joys, and concerns of raising children.
February 14, 2023 8:00PM – 9:30PM Online; 8-9:30pm ET
Extension Extras Parenting Hour is a free online series of parenting workshops that provides guidance for parents of young children as they navigate the challenges, joys, and concerns of parenting.
February 15, 2023 – March 8, 2023 1pm-2:30pm ET Online
Building Early Emotional Skills (BEES) is for primary caregivers of children 0-3, and teaches about how young children develop social emotional skills and helps give parents and caregivers skills to deal with caregiving stress.