Early Childhood Development

There is no more important time in a person’s life than those formative years between the ages of birth and 5. MSU Extension recognizes that and is focusing their early childhood development services in three dynamic areas. It shines the spotlight on emerging literacy through its ABC’s of Early Literacy program, helping parents and caregivers give little ones a jump start on reading. MSUE also provides tools to help parents and caregivers get children ready for school. Finally, MSU Extension has programs and events that promote social and emotional health in young children.


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  • Exposing young children to the news: How much is too much?

    December 12, 2014 | Gail Innis | Be aware, your children are watching and listening.

  • HOT TOPICChildren are curious – prevent accidental poisonings

    December 11, 2014 | Lisa Treiber | In the blink of an eye a family gathering can go from joyous to tragic, make sure medicines and cleaning supplies are secured.

  • Changes coming to Michigan’s car seat laws

    December 9, 2014 | Carrie Shrier | A new bill might change the way you install your child’s car seat.

  • Developing life skills through shopping

    December 9, 2014 | Michelle Neff | Often times parents and older kids may not see eye to eye on budget or holiday present choices. This is a great time to start conversations with your kids and help them to learn important life skills that they will need in the future.

  • Puzzle play

    December 5, 2014 | Monica Thompson | Puzzle play builds an early foundation for math and science skills. Spatial reasoning skills and the ability to mentally rotate shapes are essential in subjects such as math, science, and engineering.

  • Tech tools to support deployment

    December 5, 2014 | Kendra Moyses | Deployment can be hard on families but these tech tools can make it easier to stay connected.

  • How does your preschooler show you they are stressed?

    December 3, 2014 | Kendra Moyses | Stress doesn’t just affect adults. Preschoolers can get stressed too! Learn about ways to help your preschooler when they are feeling stressed.

  • Has a child asked you where money comes from?

    December 3, 2014 | Beverly Przystas | Youth in grades 3-5 may begin to start thinking of money management and ask, “Where does money come from?” Learn about resources that can help answer that, and other questions.

  • What does “courage” mean to the young people in your life?

    December 3, 2014 | Janet Olsen | Find opportunities to talk with kids about everyday acts of caring, compassion and courage.

  • Painting is fun

    December 3, 2014 | Monica Thompson | Painting is an enjoyable activity for young children; painting will help a young child develop fine motor skills and express feelings.

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