Wesleyan Preschool Math Games

We are currently recruiting preschools to participate in a playful learning program for young children.

Teachers will receive a $300 stipend, a set of 12 novel math games for their classroom, and state-of-the-art training on early numeracy and playful learning.


About the project

We are systematically testing our new, research-based, developmentally appropriate, conceptually rich, flexible, and fun collection of mathematical games that can be incorporated into any classroom.

Who is eligible?

  • We are considering all preschools and childcare centers within 3 hours driving distance of Middletown, CT for this project. We will only be able to launch this year’s study with a selected group.

  • We are especially looking for schools with at least 2 classrooms. The 2 classrooms must be comparable, meaning the classrooms are not separated by age or ability. For example, your school may have 2 mixed age classrooms or 2 classrooms of 3 or 4 year olds. 

What will participating classrooms do?

  • Classrooms will be randomly assigned to different types of math interventions or to a control condition. All classrooms that do not get the math intervention at the beginning of the year will receive the training and the games at the end of the year.

  • Teachers will participate in a full day of training in October or November and periodic ongoing discussions with the research team.

  • Teachers in the intervention group will receive math games along with play instructions.

  • Our researchers will come in to record 3-4 play sessions in the classroom at an agreed upon time.

  • Our researchers will conduct a pretest and posttest of the children’s math knowledge. 

Benefits for participating classrooms and teachers

  • Teachers will receive:

    • a $300 stipend

    • state-of-the-art training on early numeracy and playful learning

    • the full set of math games

Where can I learn more?

  • For more information about this research, visit this site.

  • If your school would like to participate, or learn more about participating, please respond using this link.

  •  Contact Research Coordinators Ricky, Claudia or Emma at the Cognitive Development Lab.

What happens next?

Please click here to let us know that you may be interested in participating. We will collect some basic information. We will reply to all schools who contact us. We will select diverse schools based on our research criteria. We will follow up with participating schools to prepare for the October launch.

Our goal is to eventually provide all interested schools with access to math games and training over the course of the project. We will keep in touch with you as we roll out different parts of the curriculum.