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
April 2, 2020 - April 30, 2020 Zion Lutheran Church 350 Pearl St. Cadillac, MI 49601 MSU Extension Conference Room 320
Guiding Principles for High Successful Parenting is a five part parenting series for parents and other caregivers.
April 7, 2020 - April 21, 2020 Livingston Educational Service Agency, 1425 W. Grand River Ave, Howell, MI 48843
Your Journey Together is a parenting series that focuses on building the resilience of parents and children 0-5 years old.
April 8, 2020 6:00PM - 7:00PM 6 pm - 7 pm EST
Did you know the benefits of mindfulness for children include improving self-regulation, academic success, social skills, empathy and patience? (Gilliam & Shahar 2006, Fernando 2013)