This topical guide on mathematics and young children a will introduce you to important books, videos, and information resources available from the EI Clearinghouse.


Contact us via online form or by phone (1-877-275-3227) to request a resource listed below (or ask your local public librarian).

The Young Child and Mathematics
Juanita Copley
National Association for the Education of Young Children, 2010
This book reflects recent developments in math education using vignettes from classrooms, activity ideas, and strategies for teaching young children about math processes and concepts. Incorporates standards and guidelines from NCTM and NAEYC.
QA 135.5 .C576 2010 648762037

Spotlight on Young Children: Exploring Math
NAEYC, 2012
In this collection of articles form NAEYC’s journal Young Children, teachers of children from infancy through age 8 will learn how to help children develop, construct, use, and reflect o their mathematical understandings.
QA 1 .S77 2012 810340627

Preschool Math Collection
The EIC has 10 collections of picture books on various mathematics topics including counting, shapes, patterns, sequencing and size. These picture book collections can be mailed to patrons in the state of Illinois. There is also a selection of hands on teaching materials (manipulatives) that can be borrowed however these are not mailed to patrons and must be picked up in person.


Contact us to request a resource listed below (or ask your local public librarian). Some videos may be viewed online.

Building Mathematical Competencies in Early Childhood
Films for the Humanities & Sciences, 2013
In this video, experts from Erikson Institutes’ Early Mathematics Education Project discuss approaches to creating rich, developmentally appropriate math experiences for young children.
QA 135.6 .B8682 2012 870141351


Web Resources

The web resources listed below provide quick and easy access to evidence-based online information.

Busy with Blocks (IEL)
This blog post describes the importance of block play for young children to gain hands-on experience with concepts and shapes. Also in Spanish.

Meaningful Math Activities in Preschool, Part 1
This StarNet video explains the five math content standards and what that looks like in a Pre-K classroom.

Meaningful Math Activities in Preschool, Part 2
This StarNet video presents information about the importance of Number Sense and how young children learn about quantification.

Things to Do While You’re Waiting: Math is Everywhere (IEL)
This tip sheet provides easy ways to keep young children engaged with math concepts while waiting. Also available in Spanish, Polish, Korean, Chinese, Arabic, and French.

Mathematics and Young Children