Wayne State University

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Calendar/Registration | Community Engagement  |  Professional Development


Service to the community has been a part of Merrill Palmer since the institute’s creation in 1920. Today, MPSI's programs and faculty strengthen that tradition by offering training for parents and grandparents, bringing together early childhood program directors to strengthen early childhood education in the city, offering a summer enrichment program for children with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder, and providing opportunities for youth of Metro-Detroit to embrace differences. In addition, faculty are engaged in the community; they serve as members of advisory boards for county child and family service organizations as well as state and national professional organizations.

Healthier Urban Families 

Parent Trainings

Throughout the year, Healthier Urban Families offers high-quality training for parents, keeping the needs of the community at the forefront. Trainings are offered at the request of community agnecies, including places of worship, Head Start and Early Head Start, and Department of Human Services. Speakers on topics of relevance to your group are available at times and locations that are convienent to your organization. Recent trainings include:

  • Stress Management for Parents
  • Positive Discipline for Preschoolers
  • School Readiness: You Can't Teach Them if you Can't Reach Them
  • Choosing Books for Preschoolers

To schedule a training at low- or no-cost contact Beverly Weathington at ac8787@wayne.edu

Woodward Corridor Early Childhood Consortium

Giant Step Teen Conference

The Giant Step Teen Conference brings teenagers together from diverse backgrounds to discover the important issues they have in common. The annual conference strives to improve attitudes, open minds and embrace differences. Public, private, charter and parochial schools - even home schools - from districts across southeast Michigan sent students to Giant Step. Black, White, Asian, Arabic and Hispanic students enter as strangers and leave as friends.