Preschool Counts is a service-learning program in which Stanford students have an opportunity to help children from East Palo Alto develop their math skills so they are prepared to succeed in elementary school.
Research shows that on average, children from low-income communities who begin school with poor math skills, and most never catch up.
In Preschool Counts, Stanford students are taught to provide an engaging, state-of-the-art early math program for preschool-age children at St. Elizabeth Seton School. The program is a collaboration with the Haas Center for Public Service and Deborah Stipek, the Peter E. Haas Faculty Director and former I. James Quillen Dean of the Stanford Graduate School of Education, who serves as the faculty advisor for Preschool Counts. Stipek and Renee Scott, the Preschool Counts director, teach Education 171, a course in early childhood education with a focus on mathematics instruction for Preschool Counts instructors.
In addition to helping young children develop their love and understanding of math, Preschool Counts tutors expose children to college-going role models. Young children benefit from the experience from college tutors, and college tutors learn about young children and experience the satisfaction that comes from engaging children in fun and productive learning activities. The Preschool Counts model is expanding into other universities and service-learning contexts, as described in this news article.
The program runs in the Winter and Spring quarters. Tutors who are new to the program must take Educ 171 to participate. Tutors who have already taken the course may participate without enrolling in Educ 171. Submit an interest form to become a Preschool Counts Tutor.
For more information, please contact Renee Scott.