Early Childhood Care & Education Partners

  Early Learning (Ages 3-5)
Bremerton School District is proud of it's Early Learning Programs. In 2001, Bremerton launched a community-wide plan to increase Kindergarten readiness and made it a district priority to have all children reading at grade level by the end of third grade. Under this new initiative called the Early Childhood Care and Education Group, the District joined forces with area Head Start Programs, preschools, and child care providers. The District is now able to offer access to a Early Childhood TOSA (Teacher on Special Assignment); reading curriculum; math materials; staff development opportunities, and student data from our partners.

Working together, this partnership has resulted in marked gains in student achievement and has provided children with a better quality education. In 2001, only 4 percent of Bremerton Kindergarten students started school knowing their letters. Today, with help from our community partners, that number is now approximately 52 percent!
West Hills Preschoolers do S.T.E.M. (West Hills and KCR Head Start) 
 Engineering Banner
A great article on S.T.E.M for Early Childhood Education. 
Early Childhood Care & Education Book Study
The Early Childhood Care and Education Group is doing a book study on How Children Succeed by Paul Tough.  We are learning so much each week and love the practical application for teachers and family.  Click the highlighted link below this paragraph and learn more about the books we have studied.

Paul Tough argues that the qualities that matter most have more to do with character: skills like perseverance, curiosity, conscientiousness, optimism, and self-control.

How Children Succeed introduces us to a new generation of researchers and educators who, for the first time, are using the tools of science to peel back the mysteries of character.  Through their stories - and the stories of the children they are trying to help - Touch traces the links between childhood stress and life success.  He uncovers the surprising ways in which parents do and do not - prepare their children for adulthood.  And he provides us with new insights into how to help children growing up in poverty.

Ellen Galinsky has spent her career pursuing the “essential life skills” children need to cope with modern life and achieve to their full potential. These seven skills are

  • focus and self-control
  • perspective taking
  • communicating
  • making connections
  • critical thinking
  • taking on challenges
  • self-directed, engaged learning

These are the skills that prepare children for the modern life, skills that they will draw on now and for years to come. Galinsky describes strategies for teachers in their classrooms—and for families at home—to foster these critical cognitive and social-emotional skills. 

One of the most influential books about children ever published, Nurture Shock offers a revolutionary new perspective on children that upends a library's worth of conventional wisdom. With impeccable storytelling and razor-sharp analysis, the authors demonstrate that many of modern society's strategies for nurturing children are in fact backfiring--because key twists in the science have been overlooked. Nothing like a parenting manual, NurtureShock gets to the core of how we grow, learn and live.

In this frank discussion of the purpose, identity, and responsibility of early childhood care and education, the authors examine the major issues and leadership challenges that must be addressed if children are to be given more and better opportunities. They show how adaptive leadership work can unify the field, create openness to new strategies for change, generate a shared vision, and build a viable strategy for its achievement. This is a critical resource for anyone hoping to enact change in the early childhood field. From Teachers College Press. 

Wanda Gonzales

Early Learning Materials

Early Learning in Bremerton School District

Enjoy our 7 minute video highlighting the literacy activities in the classrooms of Bremerton School Districts Early Childhood Care and Education (ECCE) members.  A complete listing of the members can be found on the link below.


Early Childhood Care & Education Partners

Interested in joining Bremerton School District's Early Childhood Care and Education Group?
We have expanded our partnership to include in-home child care providers.
This is a great opportunity to receive free instructional materials and help your preschool child be fully prepared for kindergarten.


Abundant Life Preschool

(360) 377-9733

(360) 373-2136

Agape Unlimited

(360) 373-1529

Chico Christian Child Care Center

(360) 377-0939

Embassy Educational Center

(360) 373-0423

Emmanual Lutheran Childcare Center

(360) 373-0290

Friends Preschool & Childcare

(360) 415-0467

Kitsap Community Resources - Head Start

(360) 473-2079

Kitsap Childcare & Preschool

(360) 373-4862

Little Sprouts Preschool            

(360) 479-3117

Our Lady Star of the Sea - Little Stars      

(360) 373-5162

Seedlings Preschool

(360) 377-0161

Sycamore Tree Preschool

(360) 792-2213

Sylvan Way Christian Preschool

(360) 373-5028

Tiny Tinkers       

(360) 865-9463

Wonders of Learning

(360) 377-1978

YMCA West Sound Preschool 

(360) 813-1813

ECCE Directors Meeting
2nd Monday of each month 12:00pm-1:30pm
For information contact:
Linda Sullivan-Dudzic
Special Programs Director
(360) 473-1077
Please check out this link from Seattle Times  regarding Early Learning on P-3.
ECCE Teacher Trainings
2nd Friday of each month - 8:30am-11:30am
For information contact:
Donna Gearns
Teacher on Special Assignment
(360) 473-1064
ECCE In-Home Preschools
Katrina Jones
(360) 473-4632
 Play School Picture
 We meet once a month for an hour and half to provide a rich preschool learning enviroment where you the parent/guardian can stay with your child and learn of games and activities that you can interact with your child.  This program is open to resident families in Bremerton School District boundary. 
Dates, times and location for the 2015-2016 school year are as follows:  
AJ - Armin Jahr Elementary (800 Dibb St.)  360-473-4100
CH - Crownhill Elementary (1500 Rocky Point Rd.)  360-473-4200
NA - Naval Ave Early Learning Ctr (900 Olympic Ave.)  360-473-4400
VR - View Ridge Elementary (3250 Spruce St.) 360-473-4500
WH - West Hills STEM Academy (520 S National Ave.)  360-473-4600
 Date  Subject  AM - 9:30-11:00  PM - 1:30-3:00
 9/11/15    Gross Motor  AJ & CH  VR, WH & NA
 10/23/15  Literacy  AJ & CH  VR, WH & NA
 11/20/15  Math  AJ, CH   VR, WH & NA
 12/4/15  Communication  AJ  VR
 12/18/15  Communication  CH  NA & WH
 1/15/16  Science  AJ & CH  VR
 1/29/16  Science  NA  WH
 2/26/16  Fine Motor  AJ & CH  VR, WH & NA
 3/4/16  Literacy  AJ  VR
 3/11/16  Literacy  -  WH
 3/18/16  Literacy  CH  NA
 4/22/16  Math  AJ  VR & NA
 4/29/16  Math  CH  WH
 5/20/16  Communication  AJ & CH  VR, WH & NA
 6/10/16  Party at the Park  Park (TBA)  -
  • Free!
  • Discover many activities you can do at home
  • Find out what makes a difference in school readiness.  
  • Make connections with other families.  
  • Free tools (toys!) to take home and play with your child!  
  • Songs, Stories, ABC's, Numbers, Writing, Singing, Toys, Games, Art, Messy activities and more!
Contact the school to reserve your spot
Any questions contact Kim Mayo 
Call 360.473.1061 or email Linda Sullivan-Dudzic or Jari Arin
Last Modified on September 10, 2015