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.
January 12, 2022 – November 30, 2022 Online
Mindfulness for Better Living includes a suite of one-time workshops to help people learn ways to use mindfulness to manage everyday stress.
January 13, 2022 – February 3, 2022 Online Via Zoom
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.
January 25, 2022 8:00PM – 9:30PM Online
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.