Hawaii Children's Action Network (HCAN), formerly Good Beginnings Alliance was founded 20 yrs ago to create the early childhood system in the State of Hawaii. We were instrumental in creating many of the early education standards that exist today. HCAN continues to advocate for a comprehensive early childhood system in Hawaii that includes equitable access to high-quality early education and childcare and the health and safety of our youngest keiki.
We address the root causes of poverty and inequity and develop public policies that help children and their families. We work where there can be significant and lasting impact and the opportunities for success are supported by sound science, strategic planning, effective organizations, strong leadership, and community-based constituencies.
If as a community we are truly invested in our children up for success, we must also take care of the family. That means ensuring equitable access to affordable childcare, quality early learning opportunities, and healthcare. We must ensure that families have options like family leave insurance to protect them from economic crisis when forced to take time away from work to care for a baby, sick or aging family member.
HCAN is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit and the only one in the state of Hawaii solely committed to advocating for children.