Early Math Resources

Links and Handouts

“A lot of scientific evidence suggests that the difference between those who succeed and those who don't is not the brains they were born with, but their approach to life, the messages they receive about their potential, and the opportunities they have to learn.”

― Jo Boaler, "Mathematical Mindsets: Unleashing Students' Potential through Creative       Math, Inspiring Messages and Innovative Teaching"

Math Alignment Continuum

Infographic Generated by the HEMLT Team

This document outlines math alignment for ages zero through eight, demonstrating a continuum of mathematic growth for early education. The document provides milestones in the categories of:


-Number Sense

-Problem Solving and Reasoning


-Algebra and Functions

As one of our participants said, "The continuum work was eye opening for me and has allowed me to see where a child is in their math development and where they are heading."

Research Briefs

Engaging Families

The first teachers for a child are their family and caretakers. This special role is rich with opportunities to foster mathematical opportunities and curiosity. The handout below is for educators, families, and caretakers seeking to build a home environment that supports early math.


From an early age, children begin building their counting vocabulary and concepts. Along with a visual continuum for typical counting development, this PDF contains information directed towards educators wanting to expand their understanding of the importance of counting in relation to mathematics and problem-solving throughout a child's education.

Common Core State Standards

Grades K-3

If you have not bookmarked the California Mathematics Standards, they are invaluable in your teaching practice. You can click specific grades on the toolbar to the right or download all grades at the top.

Early Math Project

If you have ever wondered why it is important to explore math with your child from an early age or how to go about it, this resource will guide you from infancy through third grade!

Books for Babies

Best Books for Babies to Find Math in Their World

This incredible resource from the Erikson Institute: Early Math Collaborative not only includes a list of books to read with your baby -- it includes guidance on how to read to your baby and what makes for good reads overall. Cuddle up to begin a lifetime of joyful learning.