Hawaii State Early Childhood Comprehensive Needs Assessment Reports



We are proud to announce the completion of the Early Childhood Needs Assessment 2019 supported by the 2018 Preschool Development Grant administered by Administration for Children and Families and granted to Hawaii’s State Department of Human Services in collaboration with the Hawaii State Executive Office on Early Learning. Hawaii envisions a strong infrastructure for a coordinated mixed delivery system that address equitable access to, and transitions between, high quality programs and services for all children birth through five statewide, to support their health, safety, and readiness for lifelong learning.

To achieve this vision, Hawaii developed a 3-part needs assessment to build knowledge and inform decision-making in the areas highlighted by its vision. Please find descriptions of each report below.

Note: The information found within the reports provided on this webpage, its appendices and related documents are to be used for informational purposes only and should not be relied upon and should not be construed as professional advice on any subject matter.

Comprehensive Needs Assessment
The comprehensive needs assessment, conducted by ICF Incorporated, seeks to understand the mixed delivery system in Hawaii, how it is working, and how it can be improved to inform more efficient and effective use of existing resources within the state. This study poses more than two dozen research questions that are addressed by way of three analyses. First, a “risk and reach” analysis describes the at-risk population of young children statewide and appraises the reach of programs and services that target them across three domains: family and economic stability, health, and school readiness. The analysis yields a series of maps that call attention to the most vulnerable and underserved areas in the state where the population at risk is great and program reach is low. Second, a system assessment brought together focus groups from three groups: (a) key leaders in the early childhood system, (b) program providers, and (c) families with children age five and under. Questions ranged from workforce quality and data gaps (for leaders), to program quality, transitions, and family engagement (for program staff), to program transitions, empowerment, and access to resources (for families). Third, ICF created a resource map that charts the sources and amounts of funding coming into the early childhood system and examines how those funds are being used.


Facility Study
The facilities study, conducted by MGT Consulting Group, aims to identify and better address disparities in the availability of and access to early childhood programs that involve facilities. MGT conducted site visits, interviews, and focus groups with a variety of early learning program providers to gauge the social and regulatory environment for early care and education in Hawaii as well as the experiences, perceived needs, and challenges facing providers as they open and operate facilities for young children. An online survey extends the reach of the study to ask an additional 206 providers about their facilities, what they believe are the strengths and weakness of the early care and education system, and how an expanding public prekindergarten program may impact them. This study also provides a cost analysis of various early learning environments across the state, including family child care homes, child care centers, infant-toddler centers, as well as guides for estimating the potential costs associated with them. It evaluates the current conditions of public schools without pre-K programs, assesses private early care facilities and their ability to accommodate the intended use of the space for early care facilities, and estimates the costs for capital improvements and modifications of space for public schools without early care programs. Lastly, the study examines the financial implications of public pre-K expansion on private providers. The report highlights the challenges involved in planning, building, financing and operating child care and education facilities.


Unduplicated Count Study
This study, conducted by Hawaii P-20: Partnerships for Education, produced a proof-of-concept (PoC) in order to inform the strategic development of a sustainable integrated data system for early childhood. The importance of establishing an unduplicated count is to provide information on how many children did or did not receive services and provide actionable information with which to improve the quality and integration of programs across sectors. The study matched data from the Department of Health Part C Early Intervention Section and the Department of Education to examine the transition from Part C to Part B Services, or entry into public education.


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