Engaging Families in Early Math: Explorations at Home, School and Beyond

To move the needle on low mathematics achievement, the Office of the Fresno County Superintendent of Schools (FCSS) and partners launched the California Statewide Early Math Initiative (CAEMI). Barbara Daniel and Dr. Matilda Soria of FCSS will share about CAEMI and the early math strategies (for children 0-8 years) Fresno has piloted over the past two years and ideas for engaging families in fun mathematical explorations at home and at school. Presenters will also share how the program pivoted during the COVID-19 pandemic to support young children and their families in early math experiences even as they shelter-in-place.

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Matilda Soria

Dr. Matilda Soria was born and raised in Fresno, CA. Dr. Soria has earned a Bachelor’s of Arts degree in Psychology and a Minor degree in Ethnic Studies from California State University, Fresno; a Master’s degree in Human Development and Psychology, with a specialization in Risk and Prevention from Harvard University; and a Doctorate in Educational Leadership from California State University, Fresno. Matilda serves as the Senior Director of the Early Care and Education Department of the Office of the Fresno County Superintendent of Schools. Dr. Soria has extensive experience conducting scientific and behavioral research among ethnic and at-risk populations, as well as in the development, management, and evaluation of educational and social service programs for children and families. She serves as Co-Chair of the California Child Care Coordinators Association (CCCCA); on the Fresno City College Child Development Department Advisory Committee; the California State University-Fresno Institutional Research Review Board; and the Public Policy Committee of the California Child Development Administrators Association (CCDAA). She also serves as a Board Member for non-profit, Fresno Metro Ministries. In her spare time, Dr. Soria enjoys mentoring young people and travelling.

Barbara Daniel is the Child Development Center Coordinator of the Office of the Fresno County Superintendent of Schools. Under Barbara’s leadership, the Lighthouse for Children Child Development Center (LFC CDC) has earned a five-star rating from the local Quality Counts California (QCC) program. She has worked in the field of early care and education (ECE) for the past 19 years and served in instructional and leadership roles while working with diverse populations, including dual language learners. Her educational background includes a BA in Child Development and an MA in Education with an emphasis in ECE. Before the LFC CDC, Barbara led community-based ECE programs, including the Reading and Beyond Preschool, wherein the program earned a four-star rating from the QCC program and she secured additional funds to expand the program – in addition to Panda’s Environmental Day Care School, wherein she obtained national accreditation via NAEYC.

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Barbara Daniel