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80% of Brain Development Happens by Age Three


    80% of a child’s brain development happens by age three. Their early learning experiences in these first few years of life help shape how their brain develops. As a trusted advisor, your engagement matters. We are counting on you to help share the importance of early learning with families and caregivers of Michigan’s kids.


Your Help is Critical

  • advisor with parent at computerYou Are Critical 1

    Steps is a major initiative in Michigan to provide families with resources and  information. We created this initiative because the early learning that takes place from prenatal to age three are so important. The steps taken during these early years shape a child’s future health, happiness, learning, and success in life. They are simple steps, like talking to them, interacting with them, reading, singing, and playing with them daily.

Help More

  • doctor with mother and babyYou are Critical 2

    Whether you are a teacher, doctor, faith leader, community leader, influencer, or collaborator, your personal involvement in Steps is crucial. You are in a unique position to talk to families and promote early learning and development.

Steps Tool Kit

  • mom and young daughter using abacusWhat is in the Advisor toolkit

    This Steps Trusted Advisor tool kit gives you materials and easy ways to share critical information important during this time in a child’s life. We invite you to download and use these materials to connect families with useful resources and services. In this kit, you will find:

    •  An overview of the material you can use
    • 4 blog posts you can share
    • A social media guide for sharing Steps information
    • Milestone checklists emails
    • Initial and Quarterly Report Sheets


Do You Have Steps Training?

  • Trainer and provider looking in binderMeet with a Steps Trainer

    Have you met with a Trainer to learn about the Steps initiative? If you haven’t, we have trainers who will walk you through what Steps is all about and how to connect with families and share early learning materials. Let us know if you still need to meet with a trainer.

    Request Meeting with a Trainer

Overview of Material & First Steps

  • Steps Overview

    The Steps Overview is a good place to start. It outlines some of the things you can do and gives you a list of the materials available for you to share with the Michigan families you're connected with

    Get the Overview


Steps Social Media Guide & Strategy

  • mom and daughter taking a selfieSTEPS SOCIAL MEDIA GUIDE & STRATEGY

    Sharing information with your family community through social media is one way to get information shared. This guide will tell you how to deliver content through your social networks. There is a strategy for frequency of posting, which social channels to use and key tips for each channel and strategy.

    Get Social Media Guide


Steps Early Learning Blogs Post


Milestone Checklist Emails

  • toddler walking from father to motherMilestone Checklist Emails

    Email is also a great way to stay in contact with your community. Use these milestone email templates for each age of development. These templates connect your families with a milestones checklist of what developments to look for when their child reaches that age.  The included ages are:

    Months Months
    2 Months 1 Year
    4 Months 18 Months
    6 Months 2 Years
    9 Months 3 Years



Steps Trusted Advisor Reports

  • provider playing with toy with childSteps Trusted Advisor Reports

    There are two different reports for you to fill out to help manage your activities and to help us asses if the program is working. The first one is your initial report to start your journey as a Steps Trusted Advisor. The second is the Steps Monthly Report. These reports help us understand your progress and what we need to do to help. They are also a way for you to keep a record of your Steps process.

    Complete Initial Report

    Complete Monthly Report

Other Steps Material

Steps Tool Kit For Families

  • family with tabletSteps Family Kit

    You can also access the Steps Tool Kit for Families, which has a lot of useful infographics, a brochure, an introductory video, a list of 15 daily early learning activities, a school readiness guide and more.

    Go To Family Kit


Contact Us

  • Contact Us

    The Michigan Department of Education offers more help to find resources to meet your needs.

    Contact Us