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!



ECCE Happenings!  

Continuing and New Projects 2015-16

1. Book Bags: Open to EVERYBODY:  Classrooms check out tubs and can exchange them as they wish
  • Our backpacks: Each backpack contains 4 books; Alphabet, Rhyming, Concept and Story
  • Raising a Reader: National program with high quality books; no particular combination of books in each bag 
  • Funded by a 2007-08 Thrive by Five grant
(to obtain: contact Katrina or Donna)
2. Classroom Kit:  about $850 worth of materials for your classroom to implement STEM philosophy in your classroom.  These materials remain with your classroom; an inventory sheet needs to be completed each May.
  •    Funded by a 2014-15 Boeing STEM grant 
 (to obtain: you must attend a STEM training to get your kit; contact Katrina or Donna)
3. Classroom Everything Kit: all of those little items needed to support ongoing STEM activities (child's microscope, pipettes, multiple magnifyers and more.  These materials remain with your classroom; an inventory sheet needs to be completed each May
  •    Funded by a 2014-15 Thrive Washington Discoveries from the Field Grant  
(to obtain: Contact Katrina or Donna)
4. Outdoor Tubs: materials to take STEM outside!  Kit contains: ramps for matchbox cars, magnetic cars, bubble wands, small balls & ball pump, bells, 2 sets of bubble wands, paint brushes for water painting, waterworks piping, and more.  These materials remain with your classroom; an inventory sheet needs to be completed each May.
  •   Funded by a 2014-15 Thrive Washington Discoveries from the Field Grant 
(to obtain: contact Katrina or Donna)
5.  Family STEM checkout Tubs:  Each tub has 10 materials for families to check out for a week and return.  Each material will have an informational text and activity card with ways to use the materials with children.  These materials remain with your classroom; an inventory sheet needs to be completed each May.
  •    Funded by a 2014-15 Thrive Washington Discoveries from the Field Grant 
(to obtain: Contact Katrina or Donna)
6. PlaySchool:  Monthly PlaySchool opportunity for families and children to play and learn Foundational Skills in Literacy, Math, and Social before going to Kindergarten.
  • Funded by a 2014-15 Thrive Washington Discoveries from the Field Grant and Bremerton School District 
7. Pilot New Curriculum: Little Wonders PreK curriculum is available for piloting this year.  If you are interested please contact Donna ASAP!  Limited number of sets available, Training is October 16th.
  •    Funded through Title I on loan to ECCE Partners 
8.  Preschool Recognition and Response Project:  Support is coming for those children who have been to Child Find and do not qualify for Special Education services.  A team will be available to provide support and problem solving to teachers and families.  More details coming soon!
9.  ECCE Meetings and dates:  New book study this year!  Brain rules for Baby by John Medina
10.  ECCE Training:  Information and activities for your classroom
Early Childhood Care & Education Book Study
The Early Childhood Care and Education Group is doing a book study on Brain Rules for Baby by John Medina this year.  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.
John Medina shows us how our brains really work.  He bridges the gap between what scientists know and what parents practice, through fascinating and funny stories.   Medina, a developmental molecular biologist and dad, unravels how a child's brain develops-and how you can optimize it.

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

Sophia Bremer Child Development Center (360) 475-7190

Sycamore Tree Preschool

(360) 792-2213

Sylvan Way Christian Preschool

(360) 373-5028

Tiny Tinkers       

(360) 865-9463

Wonders of Learning

(360) 377-1978

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
Call 360.473.1061 or email Linda Sullivan-Dudzic or Wendy Halfhill
Last Modified on February 22, 2016