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Articles About Early-Childhood Math Drove Reader Interest in 2016

Early Years readers love to know what researchers have to say about young children and math! Several math-themed blog posts were among the top-read Early Years pieces this year, with a few politically themed blog posts sprinkled in among them. If you haven't had a chance to read them already, here's some of the top-read Early Years blog posts for 2016: 

Ask a Scientist: What Should Preschool Math Look Like? 

My former co-blogger, Lillian Mongeau, wrote this popular piece interviewing Bethany Rittle-Johnson, a professor at Vanderbilt University who specializes in studying how young children acquire math skills. 

Ask a Scientist: What's the Best Type of Math to Teach in Kindergarten?

Kindergarten is not too early to learn basic addition, subtraction, place value and currency, says Vanderbilt professor Mimi Engel. 

Pediatricians Set New Guidelines on Electronic Media Use by Young Children:

Pediatricians no longer recommending a total ban on electronic media use for children under 2, but parents should make sure that children are engaged with high-quality content, new guidelines say.

Trump's Pick for HHS Secretary Advocated for State Control of Head Start:

Republican Tom Price of Georgia's views on Head Start could influence the future of the preschool program for children from low-income families. 

Ask a Scientist: When Are Children Ready to Learn Abstract Math? 

Math fluency comes to children at different ages, says Zane Wubbena, a doctoral candidate in education at Texas State University.

Study: High-Quality Pre-K for All Could Eliminate Reading Gaps

What if we made the high-quality programs in Tulsa and Boston available to all children? 

What Do We Know About Pre-K? That We Should Start Sooner, Says Report: 

Is preschool the best place to spend limited public dollars? Katharine B. Stevens of the American Enterprise Institute argues that programs for infants and toddlers show longer-lasting positive impact....  

Spending on State Preschool Programs Rises Again in 2015-16 

...but policymakers still see preschool, primarily, as the place to invest. 

Study Finds Playing Math Game Boosted Preschoolers Abilities:

A simple game involving guessing the number of dots on a screen helped children sharpen their math skills, according to researchers at Johns Hopkins University. 

Yale Study Probes the Complexity of Bias in Preschool: 

Black and white preschool teachers tended to observe black boys more closely when primed to believe they should be looking for signs of friction in a group of children.

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