Engaging Families in Early Math: Family Math Nights
As part of the California Statewide Early Math Initiative, the Lighthouse for Children Development Center Program of the Office of the Fresno County Superintendent of Schools has been implementing virtual and in-person Family Math Night events for children aged 0-5 years and their families. These events aim to provide families with concrete examples of how they can engage in early math activities with their children, as well as provide guidance on how to introduce math talk when engaging in reading. Our presentation will review the process of planning a Family Math Night event, provide a sampling of math activities, and share strategies to engage dual language learners. Lastly, we will reflect on best practices for those who may be interested in hosting their own Family Math Night by providing tips and resources.
Janette Trejo is an Infant/Toddler Master Teacher at the Lighthouse for Children Child Development Center Program of the Office of the Fresno County Superintendent of Schools, Early Care, and Education Department. She’s earned a Bachelor's and Master's Degree in Early Childhood Education (ECE)– and has been an ECE teacher for over 13 years. In addition to supporting her children in the classroom, Janette has a passion for mentoring future early educators as a volunteer Mentor for Child Development students of Fresno City College. As an ECE professional, Janette strives to create a secure learning environment, promotes exploration, and builds trusting relationships with children and their families.
Dr. Matilda Soria was born and raised in Fresno, CA. Matilda 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. Matilda 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 on the California Child Care Coordinators Association (CCCCA) as Co-Chair; on the Fresno City College Child Development Department Advisory Committee; on the California State University-Fresno Institutional Research Review Board; and on the Policy Committee of Every Child California. She also serves as a Board Member for community-benefit organizations, Fresno Metro Ministries, and Storyland. In her spare time, Matilda enjoys mentoring young people and traveling.
Matilda T. Soria, Ed.D
Barbara Daniel serves as the Child Development Coordinator of the Early Care and Education (ECE) Department of the Office of the Fresno County Superintendent of Schools (FCSS). Under Barbara's leadership, the Lighthouse for Children Child Development Center has earned a five-star rating from the local Quality Counts California (QCC) program. She has worked in ECE for over 20 years and served in instructional and leadership roles while working with diverse populations, including dual language learners. Her educational background includes a Bachelor’s Degree in Child Development and a Master’s Degree in Education with an emphasis on ECE. Before joining FCSS, Barbara led other community-based ECE programs, where she secured additional funds to expand a state-subsidized preschool program and obtained national accreditation via NAEYC. Barbara enjoys cooking, traveling, and spending time with her family in her free time.
Barbara Daniel, MA ED