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.


  • Feb 3

    RELAX: Alternatives to Anger Series Kent County

    February 3, 2020 - February 24, 2020 Kent County Extension Office MSU Extension Kent County, 775 Ball Ave NE, Grand Rapids MI 49503

    How people handle anger affects all those around them. This four week series includes lessons on anger triggers, ways to calm down, positive problem solving and forgiving and letting go of the past.

  • Feb 3

    Building Early Emotional Skills

    February 3, 2020 - February 24, 2020 St. John Lutheran Church (8757 N. Straits HWY, Cheboygan, MI 49721)

    BEES Program participants learn key parenting skills and early childhood development information, as well as find friendships and grow community support.

  • Feb 12

    Relax: Alternatives to Anger Delta County Winter Series

    February 12, 2020 - March 11, 2020 MSU Extension 2840 College Ave Escanaba, MI 49829

    RELAX is a five-part educational series designed to help participants understand and manage their social and emotional health through learning problem-solving skills.

View all events

Michigan State University Michigan State University Close Menu button Menu and Search button Open Close