YAKIMA, Wash.-- The budget passed by
state lawmakers in June includes major investments in early education
Eleven schools in the Yakima-based ESD
105 and 19 schools in the Tri-Cities-based ESD 123 are getting the funding for
full day kindergarten classes.
Educators say the reason for the switch
from half to full day kindergarten is largely due to the importance of early
One of their major goals is to get kids
reading and writing as early as possible.
"Research says you can walk into a
third grade classroom today and look at all the students, and you can almost
pick who's not gonna be there at grade 12," said ESD 105 Superintendent
The funding for full-day kindergarten is part of the state's WaKIDS
program, which will track student learning in kindergarten, so parents and
teachers can help kids get a good start on their education.