Building Blocks Pre-K

Local governments can invest in this strategy using State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds (SLFRF) from the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA).
  • This strategy can help address educational disparities. The U.S. Department of Treasury has indicated that strategies that help achieve this outcome are eligible for the use of Fiscal Recovery Funds.
  • Investments in this strategy are SLFRF-eligible as long as they are made in qualified census tracts or are designed to assist populations or communities disproportionately impacted by COVID-19.

Program basics

  • Supplemental math curriculum that uses software, manipulatives, and print material
  • Embeds mathematical learning into a variety of activities
  • Software includes 150 activities
  • Teaching guidance is provided for all materials

Strength of evidence

Evidence level: Proven (highest tier)


Proven (highest tier)

Ranked as having the highest level of evidence by the U.S. Department of Education What Works Clearinghouse

Target population

Preschool-aged children

Program cost

Approximately $750 for a full set of materials

Implementation locations

  • Nationwide

Dates active

Developed in 2006

Outcomes and impact

  • Positive effect on early math achievement
  • Improved math achievement by an average of 36 percentile points

Keys to successful implementation

  • Note: This section is under review
  • Building Blocks for Pre-K must be delivered with fidelity in order to achieve positive outcomes.
  • Teachers must be provided with ample professional development opportunities to master curriculum and should be evaluated regularly to ensure that model is delivered with fidelity.

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