The Math in the Mail program focuses on developing mathematical skills in three-year-old children by providing the tools needed in the home environment for parents, guardians, and other caregivers.
Families enrolled in the Math in the Mail program receive a kit in the mail, 6 times per year (approx. every 8 weeks), which contains materials, resources, and instructions for several age-appropriate math activities.
Our target population is three-year-old children in Michigan’s Great Lakes Bay Region, which encompasses Arenac, Bay, Clare, Gladwin, Gratiot, Isabella, Midland, and Saginaw counties.
By enhancing pre-school aged children’s mathematical understanding and confidence, the Math in the Mail program is key to providing the foundational mathematics knowledge essential to children experiencing success in future STEM related content and careers.
What do the math kits include?
- Materials designed for hands-on play
- A book
- Ideas for hands-on activities using the provided materials
- Ideas for extension activities using items found in any home
- ‘Tools for Talking’, a guide on how to use the materials provided
- Suggestions for parents and caregivers to engage children in mathematics
- A description of how these activities help children learn
Who will receive Math in the Mail?
To qualify to receive Math in the Mail for FREE*, families must
- Live in Arenac, Bay, Clare, Gladwin, Gratiot, Isabella, Midland or Saginaw county
- Have a three year old in the household (Click here to find out when your child might be eligible to begin receiving Math in the Mail kits.)
- Have a household income that is at or below 250% of the federal poverty guidelines **
Where can families enroll?
- Enroll online here for children born 9/2/13 – 9/1/14 for the income-based FREE option
- Call 989-399-7415 or 989-737-9532 to enroll over the phone
- Home visiting partners, Head Start, and GSRP Preschool teachers and staff can help to enroll the families they work with
- Complete and detach the downloadable Math in the Mail brochure with enrollment form and return by
- email to firstname.lastname@example.org
- text to 989-737-9532
- mail to: Math in the Mail, 3860 Fashion Square Blvd., PO Box 5679, Saginaw, MI 48603
What happens after a family submits the enrollment form?
- The family should submit proof of income
- If the family indicated that they receive Medicaid, Bridge Card, or DHHS/CDC Child Care Assistance, a copy of their acceptance letter or client ID number is all they need to submit.
- If a family does not have any of the above information, a W-2, a 1040 form, or 3 consecutive pay stubs should be submitted.
- Scans/photos of proof of income can be
- emailed to email@example.com, or
- texted to 989-737-9532, or
- mailed to: Math in the Mail, Saginaw ISD, 3860 Fashion Square Blvd., Saginaw, MI 48603
- The Math in the Mail Coordinator reviews the information to verify eligibility for the free program.
- If eligible, a Math in the Mail kit is mailed to the enrolled child
- If not eligible for the free program, the family is notified.