Hawaiʻi Early Childhood State Plan
Our Keiki, Our Future
Hawai’i Early Childhood State Plan, 2019-2024
From Governor Ige’s policy perspective, a vision needs to be both ideal and real. What is our collective vision for Hawai‘i and how do we make it happen — in education, affordable housing and sustainability? The governor outlined some of the answers in his State of the State address and the steps Hawai‘i can take to move us forward. This edition and future issues of Capitol Connection will describe some of these initiatives and how the state hopes to make them a reality.
>> “Signing of New Hawai’i Early Childhood State Plan” <<
The Plan is an overarching framework that will help coordinate efforts of the State, counties, and community by setting shared priorities and driving the need to collaborate and leverage resources to improve the lives of our keiki and their families. It is the community’s plan.
The five-year plan was facilitated by the Executive Office on Early Learning, and steering committee collaborators from both the public and private sectors statewide. More than 150 additional participants, through islands-wide focus groups and interviews, also spent time reviewing the drafted plan, providing candid feedback, and contributing to the final version to address a unanimous priority to look system-wide, beyond early learning, to consider the whole child. Participants represented a broad spectrum of Hawaii’s community, including parent groups, health professionals, policymakers, early care and education professionals, advocates, philanthropists, higher education, attorneys, and State department personnel.
Implementation of the Early Childhood State Plan is dependent upon collective action by public and private partners, fostered by the Early Learning Board. We welcome your involvement in helping to build an early childhood system that will make a difference for our keiki and their families.
Hawai’i Early Childhood State Plan
For more information about how to get involved with this work for our keiki and their families, please call the Executive Office on Early Learning at (808) 784-5350.