Tuesday, November 14 • 10:55am - 11:45am
Helping Preschool Teachers Engage Families in Supporting Young Children’s Mathematics Learning

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Young children’s mathematics learning is most meaningful when it is integrated across the various settings where they live and learn—at home, at school, and in the broader community. However, despite the recognized value of family engagement in young children’s learning, educators and parents alike are often unsure about the concrete action steps they can take to increase family involvement in mathematics learning. In this early education session, we will present the work from the Games for Young Mathematicians Family Engagement project, which focuses on helping preschool teachers effectively engage families in supporting their children’s mathematics learning through fun, playful home mathematics activities. This project provided mathematics and family engagement professional development (PD) to 70 Head Start teachers across three programs during the 2016-2017 school year. The family engagement PD focused on engaging families in home-based mathematics activities that complemented math games teachers were using with children in the classroom. Researchers gave teachers materials to send home with the children that included math mini-books and home versions of the classroom math games. These materials included tips for families about important preschool mathematics concepts such as shapes and their attributes, patterns, and number sense. The panel will include two Head Start teachers from the study who will share insights about how they used the family engagement materials and teachings to deepen their work with families.


Michie Collins

Head Start Teacher, Greater Lawrence Community Action Council, Inc.

Michelle Lambert

Head Start Teacher, Greater Lawrence Community Action Council, Inc.

Kelley O’Carroll

Research Associate II, EDC

Heidi Rosenberg

Research Scientist, EDC

Tuesday November 14, 2017 10:55am - 11:45am
Meeting Room B