The DREME Network was created in 2014 to advance the field of early mathematics research and improve young children’s opportunities to develop math skills. The Network focuses on math from birth through age eight years, with an emphasis on the preschool years. Network members and affiliates collaborate to conduct basic and applied research and develop innovative tools that address high-priority early math topics and inform and motivate other researchers, educators, policymakers and the public. The DREME Network is sponsored by the Heising-Simons Foundation.
DREME Network affiliates at the 2019 National Math Festival include:
- Boston College will introduce parents and caregivers to our favorite recipes for “math cooking” with young children, will show how to stimulate fun math learning and language while cooking and eating together, and will create new recipes and math learning ideas to take home.
University of Chicago and University of Wisconsin
- The University of Chicago and University of Wisconsin will provide a handout for parents of preschool aged children (3-6 yrs) on the importance of math language, a list of math words and tips for incorporating them into play and everyday routines, and also a link to UChicago’s Becoming a Math Family website.
Institute of Child Development, University of Minnesota
- The University of Minnesota will present parents and caregivers with examples of different kinds of children’s counting books, demonstrations of how researchers learn about children’s numerical abilities, and a tip sheet on infants’ and preschoolers’ different levels of understanding about counting.
Teachers College, Columbia University
- The Teachers College, Columbia University will offer parent and caregiver guides to selecting, evaluating, and reading math storybooks to young children, ages 3 to 6; will show video examples of exemplary adult/child reading; and will also suggest how the storybooks can lead to math learning activities at home.
Additional DREME network presenter activities will be announced for the Department of Child and Adolescent Development, San Francisco State University and the Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development, New York University.