Make Connections: You and Me and Math

A collaboration of the YMCA of Silicon Valley and TERC, is a multi-year effort to develop, evaluate, and nationally disseminate an English/Spanish math program for children ages 0-5 and their caregivers.

Lead Staff:
Marlene Kliman
Project Staff:
Valerie Martin
Audrey Martinez-Gudapakkam
Nuria Jaumot-Pascual

Summary

Make Connections is a collaborative, multi-year effort to develop, evaluate, and nationally disseminate an English/Spanish math program for young children and their caregivers. The program includes interdisciplinary math adult-child math units for ages 0-2 and ages 3-5, story time connections, and information for adults on ways to promote young children’s mathematical development through everyday conversation and open-ended questions. Make Connections materials convey math concepts and activity steps visually, in order to be inviting and accessible to adults with math anxiety and with low literacy. Activities rely upon inexpensive or recycled materials (e.g., toilet paper tubes, plastic bottle caps). TERC and YMCA of Silicon Valley spent four years developing Make Connections in partnership with YMCA Early Learning Readiness (ELR) sites, which simultaneously engage children and their family, friend, and neighbor caregivers in a preschool setting. Development partners include ELR site serving low-income and immigrant families in CA (San Jose and Los Angeles), MA (Methuen/Lawrence), NJ (Ellizabeth/Rahway), and ME (Portland). We are now disseminating the program throughout and beyond the YMCA network.

Research Activity

Impact evaluation demonstrates great increases in the confidence caregivers feel finding and sharing math in everyday life with the children in their care.

Impact

By project end, Make Connections resources will be available for free public access via YMCA of Silicon Valley.

Videos

Early Learning Readiness Math from Math Videos on Vimeo.

Hands On! Article

Families, Friends, Neighbors and Math: The Nana y Yo y las Matemáticas Project

Feature // Marlene Kliman

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