Transforming the Understanding, Teaching, and Learning of Early Mathematics from the Ground Up
The goal of the Early Math Collaborative at Erikson Institute is to expand access to math for young children. Our program provides professional development, research, publications, conference presentations, and a robust online presence. We work closely with child care providers, early childhood teachers, teacher educators, administrators, and other stakeholders.
Our work is rooted in a set of foundational early childhood math concepts that we call “Big Ideas.” These mathematical concepts are fundamental to a young child’s understanding of mathematics and can be incorporated into any early childhood curriculum.
Through our work, we help reduce anxiety around the teaching of math in the early years. When educators are comfortable teaching math skills, they can instill a positive mindset for a lifetime of mathematical learning and thinking.
Research shows that children learn more during the school year in the classrooms of teachers in our projects than children whose teachers did not participate.