Early Learning Board Meeting – June 13, 2024

Posted on Jun 7, 2024 in Board Agendas

Early Learning Board Meeting

Thursday, June 13, 2024


1:30 pm – 3:30 pm

Harry & Jeanette Weinberg Center for Early Education and Development (CEED), 2nd Floor

Kindergarten and Children’s Aid Association (KCAA Preschools of Hawaii)

2707 South King Street, Honolulu, HI  96826


The public may attend the meeting in person or remotely via the ZOOM link (see below) 

Meeting Chair will preside at the Harry & Jeanette Weinberg Center for Early Education, 2nd Floor

2707 South King Street, Honolulu, HI 96826


Early Learning Board Mission: To support children’s academic and lifelong well-being by directing and supporting the Executive Office on Early Learning for an effective, coordinated, high quality early learning system from prenatal to kindergarten entry.

The Board will accept public testimony with each agenda item.*

I.  Welcome/Mission/Announcements/Introductions – Bob Peters                                          1:30 – 1:35

II. Review and Approve Minutes — Bob Peters                                                                                      1:35 – 1:45

                      Outcome:  Action, Approve 05/09/24 Meeting Minutes

III. Board Member Report on an Event Attended:                                                                        1:45 – 1:50

                     HIDOE Early Learning Conference, June 4, 2024 – Bob Peters

                       Outcome:  Information

IV.  Executive Office on Early Learning Updates Report – Director Arikawa-Cross/Staff     1:50 – 2:15

                     Legislative Session Wrap-up: 

SB No. 3087 SD1 HD1 CD1 Relating to Early Learning (Amendments to, among other provisions, Hawai‘i Revised Statutes (HRS) Section 302L-1.7 to permit the Executive Office on Early Learning (hereafter referred to as EOEL) to establish early learning programs in other available public buildings through public-private partnerships)

SB No. 3116 SD2 HD1 CD1 Relating to Preschool Open Doors Program (Amendments to HRS Section 346-181 to allow the Department of Human Services (DHS) to manage its Preschool Open Doors (POD) Program to maximize enrollment in the POD Program)

SB No. 2937 SD1 HD2 CD1 Relating to Access to Learning (Amendments to Act 46, Session Law of Hawai‘i (SLH), Regular Session 2020 (Act 46), to exempt Hawaiian Language laboratory school programs from the standards, assessments, performance ratings, staff qualifications, and staff training requirements identified in Act 46)

HB No. 2074 HD2 SD1 CD1 Relating to Kaiapuni (Hawaiian Language) Education (Makes appropriations to the Department of Education (DOE) to support positions in the Kaiapuni education program)

HB 1800 HD1 SD1 CD1 Relating to the Supplemental Appropriations Act of 2024 (Impact upon Executive Office on Early Learning Base Budget and Position Requests to support PDG B-5 Renewal Grant)

                      Public Pre-Kindergarten Expansion & Early Learning Board (hereafter referred to as ELB) Roadmap to Achieve the Objectives of Act 46 and Act 210 (SLH

 2021) related to early learning and early childhood care opportunities in the State of Hawaii by 2032:

Workforce Development and Support

Facilities for Early Childhood Education Programs

Funding for the Early Care and Education Mixed Delivery System

Program Quality Improvement and Maintenance

                        Family Support: Specialist Position Added (Plans, organizes, and coordinates family engagement and outreach activities)

                        Executive Office on Early Learning Office:  Secretary hired (support work of EOEL and the ELB)

                                               Outcome:  Information/Questions/Discussion as needed

V.   Public Board Member Roles & Responsibilities –Randy Moore (University of Hawaii Board of Regents, Past Chair)     2:15 – 3:00

  • The Difference between Governance and Management
  • Governing Board Member Authority
  • Board Organization & Evaluation
  • The Difference between Public Boards and Private, Non-Profit Boards
  • Sunshine Law

                          Outcome:  Information/Questions

VI.  Maui Fire Impacts related to Early Care and Learning – Bob Peters                                                                                     3:00– 3:15

                          Outcome:  Information/Discussion

VII. Election of Board Chair – Matt Shim, Rochelle Mahoe, Governance Subcommittee                                                                      3:15 – 3:25

Action:  Election of the Board Chair by a majority of Voting Members

VIII.Review Agenda Outcomes/Announcements/Closing – Bob Peters                                                                                            3:25 – 3:30

*Public comments are limited to 2 minutes per agenda item and must address items listed on the published agenda

Next meeting is tentatively scheduled for July 11, 1:30 – 4:00 pm.

Public Written Testimony addressing items on the agenda: To ensure that members are able to review the testimony prior to the meeting, we encourage interested persons to submit written testimony via email to Tara Castrovinci at [email protected] marked TESTIMONY in the title no later than 9:00 am on June 13, 2024, or mailed to Tara Castrovinci, Executive Office on Early Learning, Prince Jonah Kuhio Elementary, 2759 S. King Street, Room C8, Honolulu, HI, 96826.  Any written testimony submitted after such time will be retained as part of the record and distributed to members as soon as practicable, but we cannot assure that members will receive it in sufficient time to review prior to any decision-making.  Written testimony may be part of the Board Packet and posted on the Board website; given that possibility, the public should be mindful about sharing personal information in their written testimony.

Remote Oral Testimony addressing items on the agenda may also be provided during the meeting.  To provide Video/Zoom Testimony, interested persons may use the Zoom Meeting link https://us06web.zoom.us/j/87057448197.  They may use any one of the following methods to offer oral testimony:  indicate in the chat they wish to offer oral testimony when the Chair announces an agenda item; call or email Tara Castrovinci (see email/phone number below) by 9 am on the day of the meeting to request that the testifier be called on by name to present oral testimony; or, use the “raise hand” feature in Zoom.  Public oral testimony is limited to 2 minutes per agenda item and must address items listed on the published agenda.

Board Packets (Meeting Materials) are available on the EOEL/ELB Website at  https://rebrand.ly/ELB.  The Board Packet will be available for public inspection in the EOEL’s Office (Prince Jonah Kuhio Elementary, 2759 S. King Street, Room C8, Honolulu, HI, 96826)

The ELB is conducting in-person meetings at the CEED/KCAA Preschools of Hawaii location (2707 South King Street, Honolulu, HI  96826) with some Board members joining remotely.  The Public may attend the meeting in-person, or may join remotely using the link below:

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