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Early Math

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About the Site

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Welcome to the PBS Parents Guide to Early Math, an online "math coach" for parents and caregivers looking for ways to nurture the development of their child's early math skills.

This site gives you ways to encourage your child's natural interest in math, and to provide the foundation for math experiences that your child will draw from later in school.

Keeping in mind that every child's growth and development is unique, we offer you a continuum of developmentally appropriate concepts from birth to second grade, as well as ways to explore them. In addition to interactive games that you can do with your child on the computer, the site provides hands-on, printable activities that can be done almost anywhere - in the home, at the grocery store, in the car, or on special occasions.

Our Mission Statement

To help parents and caregivers...

  • reveal the scope of math. Math is more than counting! Activities on this site link math to art, movement, games and nature and help kids see that math is everywhere.
  • promote a conscious use of math. "Parent Pointers" help parents bring mathematical thinking from the intuitive to the conscious level, using conversation to strengthen and extend understanding.
  • help their children develop a "math lens" with strategies that parents can use every day - at home, in the car, at the grocery store and more.
  • make math enjoyable. Online and offline activities present math and problem-solving in playful contexts. The focus is on fun, observation and creativity.
  • motivate the usefulness of math. As parents share their mathematical thinking, they help kids see that math is a useful tool in making sense of the world.



Content and Editorial Director
Frances Nankin

Content and Editorial Coordinator
Jennifer Stanis Mothes


Frances Nankin, Jennifer Stanis Mothes, Apple Jordan, and Louise Orlando

Early Math Consultants

Dr. Sydney Schwartz
Professor Emerita, Early Childhood Education
Queens College of the City University of New York.

Dr. Frances R. Curcio
Professor of Mathematics Education in the Department of Secondary Education and Youth Services at Queens College of the City University of New York (CUNY)


Barbara N. Flagg, Director, Multimedia Research, Bellport, NY

Interactive and Broadband

Technical Producer
Mikki Monkolchayut

Art Director
Sabina Daley

Site and Game Designer
Shannon Palmer

Game Programmer
David Hirmes

HTML Implementation
Brian Santalone

HTML Production and Copy Editor
John Uhl

Copy Editor
Leslie Kriesel

Production Artist
Stephanie Liu

Thirteen Online is a production of Thirteen/WNET New York's Kravis Multimedia Education Center in New York City. Anthony Chapman, Director of Interactive & Broadband. Bob Adleman, Business Manager. Carmen DiRienzo, Vice President and Managing Director, Corporate Affairs.

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