Early Math

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The goal of the Foundation’s early math grantmaking is to promote programs and policies that increase children’s exposure to high quality math education at home, in early childhood settings, and in communities.

Children have a natural inclination to play with numbers, shapes, and objects from as early as their infant and toddler years. Engaging them in math learning experiences from an early age builds on their natural interest and helps them develop critical thinking skills, problem-solve, and make sense of the world. Strong evidence suggests that young children who do well in math do better in school and overall—in multiple subjects, not just math.

Exploring math concepts and ideas should be a joyful and rewarding activity. Parents and caregivers play a pivotal role by talking with children about math and helping them to explore and engage in understanding numbers, shapes, symbols, and quantities. And teachers and policymakers are instrumental in creating effective learning experiences by establishing research-based practices and policies.

Our grantees inspire greater understanding of early math as a catalyst for, and contributor to, children’s school success and engagement in learning. Our grants support early math research, teacher preparation and professional development, parental and family support of early mathematics, and policy analysis and advocacy. Increasingly, we are looking for programs that promote continuity in math learning across years (from infancy through age 8) and across settings, and in relation to other areas of learning and development.

The Foundation does not accept unsolicited proposals.

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