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New Schools Added for All Day Kindergarten Funding

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YAKIMA, Wash.-- The budget passed by state lawmakers in June includes major investments in early education programs.   

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 education.

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 Steve Myers.

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.