Michigan: Building Early Emotional Skills

Brief Site Description: 
The MSUE SCP is designed to provide parent education and critical support to MI’s high-context parents of children ages 0-3 through traditional face to face group educational sessions, on-line “virtual” classes and social media sites such as closed/private Facebook groups. Through these venues participants will learn key parenting skills and early childhood development information, as well as find friendships and grow critical community supports designed to encourage discussion of real life situations, moderated by a trained Extension Educator. The CYFAR Guiding Principles for Parent/Family Outcomes are reflected in all components of the program model. Activities will reduce parenting stress, increase the child’s social and emotional competencies, and increase the quality of parental management and the modeling of emotions. The MSU SCP project works towards the guiding principal of Supporting Professionals Working with Parents and Families in two key areas. First, the comprehensive website featuring research based parenting materials, in a searchable format, will be available for partner agencies and their clients. The data collected through the process of conducting Building Early Emotional Skills (BEES) sessions in both an urban and rural setting, with standardized use of the curriculum and content will strengthen the curriculum with a validated evidence base.
About multiple sites: 
Web-Based and Wayne and Barry/Ionia Counties