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 overview

  • 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
Issue Areas
Early childhood
Target Population
Children under 5
Cost per Participant
Approximately $750 for a full set of materials

Evidence and impacts


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

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

Best practices in 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.