Brief Whole Group
Demonstration of the EMP Website

This presentation features four national experts on the critical role of families in children’s math learning. The presenters will discuss scientific evidence demonstrating the importance of early math learning for later achievement, and the impact families have on young children’s math learning. The presenters will also address the powerful role that cultural strengths play in family math, providing evidence from research with Spanish-speaking and Spanish-English bilingual families. Building from this evidence, the presentation will conclude by featuring stories from a practice network that has been building opportunities and support for family math through partnerships between community organizations, community members, and families.

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Heather McClellan-Brandusa, Child Development Consultant, Child Care and Development Division (CCDD) of the California Department of Social Services and acts as the Infant and Toddler specialist for quality improvement activities involving infant and toddler care and working on contracts providing training, resources, and publications regarding infant/toddler care, family child care, family engagement, inclusion, and early math. McClellan-Brandusa has been involved in early education for more than 21 years, and prior to entering state service, she served as an infant/toddler care provider working in center-based, family child care, and home-based programs, as an internal monitor for Head Start/Early Head Start, and as an Early Head Start administrator. McClellan-Brandusa holds a BA in child development from California State University, Sacramento with an emphasis in Infant and Toddler care, and an MS in special education from National University, Sacramento.

Heather Mcclellan-Brandusa

Naomi Reeley has been involved with the Early Math Project since June 2019 where she started as an intern. Naomi joined the team in hopes of developing and promoting resources for the project that would encourage family engagement in mathematics. Naomi is particularly interested in promoting ways to include math in daily routines by providing tips and suggestions about everyday activities. She finds it very important to create resources that are engaging, fun, and informational in order to build a child’s confidence and comfortability in math. 

Gigliana Melzi