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Former Bremerton schools superintendent to give talk on early childhood education

Bette HydeBette Hyde, director of the state Department of Early Learning and former superintendent of Bremerton schools, will be the guest speaker Feb. 19 at a League of Women Voters of Kitsap program on early childhood education.

The program will run from 9:30 a.m. to noon at the Eagles Nest on the Kitsap County fairgrounds, 1195 NW Fairgrounds Road.

Free and open to the public, the event will be a chance to find out what the state is doing to offer “seamless high-quality programs for children and families so that every child enters school healthy, capable and confident,” Hyde said.

She will also discuss educational partnerships, proposed legislation and current initiatives in early learning.

Hyde was first appointed to head the Department of Early Learning by former Gov. Chris Gregoire in 2009. Gov. Jay Inslee recently reappointed her to the position.

When Hyde was superintendent in Bremerton, the district became known for its innovative approach to early learning, especially for offering all-day kindergarten to all students and for partnerships between the district and local preschools to improve kindergarten readiness.

Early learning is gaining higher visibility around the country because research has shown that children who receive a high-quality preschool education are on track to get higher grades, to be more likely to graduate from high school and less likely to commit crimes or get pregnant as teenagers.

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