Published: Jan. 23, 2015

MSU Extension to offer free parent and family education classes

Contact(s): Mariah Montenegro Agriculture and Natural Resources office: 517-884-7080

To support parents and caregivers of young children, MSU Extension will be offering the Building Early Emotional Skills workshops, a series of parenting education classes this winter. Enrollment is now open.

The BEES class series, designed for parents of children ages newborn to three years old, will help adults develop the skills needed to support the social and emotional development of their children.

BEES classes will meet once a week for eight weeks and cover topics such as coping with stress, communicating with kids and handling tantrums. Attendees will also receive hands-on materials to help them apply what they learn in class to real-life situations at home with their children.

Attendees can participate in person or online. In-person classes will take place in Cheboygan County and Saginaw County and will meet for 90 minutes each week. Childcare and meals will be provided for participants.

Online participants, residing anywhere in Michigan, will engage in a self-paced class, reviewing materials and lessons at their convenience over the course of each week. All online attendees will also meet virtually once a week via webinar or conference call. To participate in an upcoming BEES workshop, select from the following options:

  • Cheboygan County classes begin in early February. Contact Kylie Rymanowicz, MSU Extension educator, at or (231)627-8836 for more information.
  • Saginaw County classes begin Feb. 4. Contact Maria Millett, MSU Extension program instructor, at or (989)513-3261 for more information
  • Web-based classes begin Feb. 5. Contact Carrie Shrier, MSU Extension educator, at or (517)552-6904 for more information.

For more information on MSU Extension early childhood development programs, visit

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