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Welcome to the Pre-K Mathematics Teacher Toolkit!

Mathematics education in the early years has moved to the forefront along with Language and Literacy.  Preschool children ages 3-5 need effective early education in mathematics, a content area frequently overlooked as a primary content area in many preschool classrooms. It is in the early years that teachers can make a difference and help children gain a strong foundation in mathematics to support later achievement. 

The Committee on Early Childhood Mathematics of the National Research Council produced a report in 2009 stating,

“Providing young children with extensive, high-quality early mathematics instruction can serve as a sound foundation for later learning in mathematics and con¬tribute to addressing long-term systemic inequities in educational outcomes” (Cross, Woods, & Schweingruber 2009, 2).

Cross, C.T., T.A. Woods, & H. Schweingruber (eds.); Committee on Early Childhood Mathematics; National Research Council. (2009). Mathematics learning in early childhood: Paths toward excellence and equity. Washington, DC: National Academies Press. Online: www.nap.edu/catalog.php?record_id=12519. 

Enjoy this video--Why is Pre-K important?


This website provides a “toolkit” which will help you understand best practices in mathematics for young children. Resources are provided in the following areas of early childhood mathematics education:

  -  Mathematics in Pre-K: (introduction and background information)
  -  Four Content Areas: Counting and Cardinality, Algebraic Thinking, Geometry and Spatial Sense,
     Measurement and Data
  -  Mathematical Practices
  -  Integrating Math Throughout the Daily Pre-K Curriculum

    Each area will provide you will resources to read, video links to watch, strategies to utilize, activities to implement and assessments to conduct in your classroom as you teach the leaders of tomorrow.

    Tennessee School Readiness Definition Project

    Be a part of developing components of TN’s School Readiness definition. The goal of this project is to promote school readiness by aligning and enhancing the statewide early childhood system of care and education for children ages birth through 5 years. This grant provides the state the opportunity to reach a state-wide definition of school readiness, confirm core competencies needed by early childhood professionals to support school readiness, and provide recommendations for professional development of the early childhood workforce in the core competencies.

    Please visit the School Readiness blog, to give thoughts on the Early Childhood Advisory Council project regarding the promotion of school readiness through alignment of early childhood systems.