Hawaii Children's Action Network


Hawaii Children’s Action Network (HCAN) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit and the only one in the state of  Hawaii solely committed to advocating for children.  We believe every child deserves a fighting chance to realize their full potential and focus our work on advancing public policy that impacts the systems that serve children.  See an example of our work here.


We're a movement of people who share one goal:  to make Hawaii a great place to be a kid.  Our network consists of families, "superhero" citizens, policy makers, business leaders, schools, and nonprofit organizations to ensure Hawaii's children are healthy, safe, and ready to learn; and we have work to do:

  • 49% of young children NOT in school
  • 71% of 4th graders NOT proficient in reading
  • 70% of 8th graders NOT proficient in math
  • 15% live in poverty
  • 41% of children living in households with a high housing cost burden
  • 32% live in single-parent households



We work to address the root causes of poverty and inequity.  Our current priorities are:

  • access to quality, affordable childcare and preschool for all children;
  • paid family leave;
  • comprehensive developmental screenings for all children; and
  • quality early intervention services.