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Early Stem Education

Early Stem Education

#StemStartsEarly

Invest in Kids Early and Often
Research shows that early exposure to STEM has positive impacts across the entire spectrum of learning. For example, early math knowledge not only predicts later math success, it also predicts later reading achievement (National Research Council, 2012). Despite these powerful findings, our schools and early childhood programs often lack knowledge, resources, and capacity to focus on early STEM learning in developmentally appropriate ways.

Below you will find resources to support Early STEM efforts in your local communities.

Downloadable Resources:

“Let’s Talk Read and Sing About STEM” Tip Sheets for Parents, Families and Educators

Young Children

Tips for Families with Young Children

You can discover STEM with your child in many ways. Talk, read, sing, play, sign or use other ways to communicate – whatever works best for your family. Here are some tips to help you get started.

English: http://www2.ed.gov/about/inits/ed/earlylearning/talk-read-sing/stem-toolkit-families.pdf

Spanish: http://www2.ed.gov/about/inits/ed/earlylearning/talk-read-sing/stem-toolkit-families-es.pdf

preschooler teachers

Tips for Preschool Teachers & Providers

Use daily routines to build on skills and concepts in math and science. Here are some tips to help develop your preschoolers’ STEM skills through play and exploration.

English: http://www2.ed.gov/about/inits/ed/earlylearning/talk-read-sing/stem-toolkit-preschool-teachers.pdf

Spanish: http://www2.ed.gov/about/inits/ed/earlylearning/talk-read-sing/stem-toolkit-preschool-teachers-es.pdf

Infant-Toddler

Tips for Infant/Toddler Teachers & Providers

You can nurture early STEM concepts and skills through daily routines and play and exploration activities that you provide for the babies and children in your program.

English: http://www2.ed.gov/about/inits/ed/earlylearning/talk-read-sing/stem-toolkit-infant-toddler-teachers.pdf

Spanish: http://www2.ed.gov/about/inits/ed/earlylearning/talk-read-sing/stem-toolkit-infant-toddler-teachers-es.pdf

Lets Talk Abou the World Poster

Let’s Talk about the World Poster

English: http://www2.ed.gov/about/inits/ed/earlylearning/talk-read-sing/lets-talk-about-the-world-poster.pdf

Spanish: http://www2.ed.gov/about/inits/ed/earlylearning/talk-read-sing/lets-talk-about-the-world-poster-es.pdf

Fact Sheet on Early STEM Learning

See who in your community is leading work in Early STEM.  This resource contains the commitments of a broad range of public- and private-sector leaders committed to promoting early STEM learning across the country.

Early Math Practice Guide from the Institute of Educational Sciences (IES)

This practice guide offers educators specific, evidence-based recommendations that address the challenges of teaching early math to children ages 3 to 6 by providing practical, clear information on critical topics.