Hawai'i

From early education to child health to family supports, our allies in Hawai’i continue to win new policies and funding to benefit kids birth through eight. 

State Allies:

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Hawaii Children's Action Network • Honolulu, HI
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Top Priorities for 2020

Pass paid family leave

Mobilize coalitions focused on working families, children’s oral health, early learning, and child abuse and neglect

Increase access to quality early care and education

Hawai’i is keeping kids and their families front and center with new policies and new investment—and 2019 was no exception.

  • Helped secure $19 million in new state funding to support ten new public pre-k classrooms and 18 charter pre-k classrooms.
  • Coordinated a public education campaign about the importance of early brain development.
  • Established the SNAP Double-Bucks Program, a dollar-to-dollar matching program.
  • Made healthy beverages the default in kids’ meals.
  • Established a task force to review policies relating to Medicaid services for those with Autism and Fetal Alcohol Syndrome.
  • Established the Executive Office on Early Learning as the administrative authority for state- and privately-funded pre-k programs (except for Special Education and Title I-Funded pre-k programs).
  • Urged the Executive Office on Early Learning to examine and consider a sliding scale tuition or fee schedule for state pre-k programs.
  • Authorized the Department of Human Services to disclose, upon consent, confirmed reports of child abuse or neglect to any parentor guardian of a child enrolled in an exempt or excluded child care facility.

The Alliance for Early Success is achieving large-scale, long-lasting change for the state’s young children by providing our allies with powerful advantages that help them shape Hawaii early childhood state policy.

  • Strategic, Outcomes-Focused Investments
  • Consulting and Strategy
  • Direct Access to National Expertise
  • Rapid Response Support
  • Connections/Access to Allies in Similar States
  • Roles in National Communities of Practice