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.


  • Sep 10

    Building Strong Adolescents

    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.

  • Sep 18

    Building Early Emotional Skills

    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.

  • Sep 22

    Outdoor Play

    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.

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