By striving to meet the challenges of societal pressures and providing parenting education programs and materials for children and families, the Mississippi State University Extension Service (MSU-ES) hopes to further the well-being of Mississippi's children.
Home and Family
MSU-ES strives to meet the challenges of societal pressures and works to provide supportive parenting education programs and materials for Mississippi's children and families. Parenting education programs and materials enable families to develop positive parenting skills. Instructed by Extension Family Consumer Science Child and Family Area Agents, often for minimal or no cost, the programs are designed to teach parents the developmental growth of children and how to support that growth in appropriate ways. The programs teach families how to develop strong positive relationships, develop responsibility, instill self-confidence and apply positive guidance techniques in all family members.
Research consistently supports that the relationship between the caregiver and child is a key indicator of the quality of care. Parents and educators should be able to expect and receive quality childcare. Therefore, MSU-ES is committed to providing educational programs that offer an avenue for all caregivers to further their education of young children, and in partnership with the 4-H Youth Development Program, to provide training for developmentally appropriate educational programing for caregivers and volunteers in the 4-H After-School programs.