Focus Areas and Objectives

          Inspiration for the action strategy was taken from a national, research-based framework, “Pathways to Children Ready for School and Succeeding at Third Grade,” by Lisbeth B. Schorr and Vicky Marchand (The Pathways Initiative, June 2007). The focus areas for the action strategy have been adapted for Hawaii, based on decades of work among island-based, culturally appropriate early childhood advocates.  It is our firm belief that meeting our goals under each focus area will improve the lives of Hawaii’s young children and increase their chances of life-long success.

 Focus Areas and Objectives

Overarching Vision
:  Hawaii’s young children are valued, safe, healthy, ready for school and succeeding at third grade.

 Focus Area 1: Healthy and Welcomed Births


·        Improve pre- and inter-conception care for women

·        Improve care during pregnancy and delivery

·        Decrease infant mortality and morbidity in the first year of life

Focus Area 2:  Nurturing and Safe Families


·        Work with state partners to identify and align child abuse and neglect prevention and intervention supports and services

 ·       Develop Family Violence and Neglect Prevention core competencies and trainings for early childhood practitioners

·        Advance child abuse prevention public awareness campaign and community engagement

Focus Area 3: On-track Health and Development


  • Coordinate with partners, a package of comprehensive screenings for early detection
  • Create a framework to ensure children have continuity and coordination of medical and dental care through Medical Home Model
  • Develop a tracking and monitoring system to measure early childhood health and development
  • Enhance and implement health and wellness guidelines in early childhood settings

  Focus Area 4: Equitable Access to Programs and Services


  • Establish community hubs or one-stop-shops to connect families with services ·      Improve economic stability supports for families
  • Increase outreach and capacity to support more children in the following four early childhood settings: Home Visiting, Licensed Family Child Care, Family-Child Interactive Learning Programs and Center-Based Programs
  • Improve access and supports for dual -language learner families

Focus Area 5: High Quality Early Learning Programs


·        Establish quality education indicators for state-funded 4-year-old program

·        Train on and implement Hawaii’s Early Learning and Development Standards (HELDS)

 ·      Create toolkits and trainings to support Hawaii’s Early Childhood Family Partnership Guidelines

 ·      Through strategic partnerships, build and retain qualified early care and education workforce

Focus Area 6: Alignment and Transition Support Between Early Childhood Programs and into the K-3 System


·        Expand STEPS infrastructure to support transitions between early childhood environments and kindergarten

·        Create a transition plan to enroll children in the proposed School Readiness Program

 ·      Create communities of practice between early childhood professionals and K-3 professionals

·        Create policies and procedures to share information and supports between early learning programs and kindergarten

·        Create PDERI courses offered to statewide P-3 teachers in early childhood


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