As children’s health, education, and economic security face threats from the federal government, Hawaii’s families are turning to state and local policymakers to support evidence-based systems that improve the lives of children and families.

Hawaii Children’s Action Network (HCAN) is building a unified voice for Hawaii’s children by using strategic communications, public education and advocacy to affect change. Collaboration on the Hawaii Children’s Policy Agenda serves as a starting point to ignite awareness of, bring together support for, and amplify the advocacy for pro-child policies.

This Agenda reflects the input of HCAN Community Champions Members who are committed to improving the lives of Hawaii’s children by promoting public policy changes that benefit their health, safety, education and economic security.  HHCAN respects the diversity, expertise, perspectives, and priorities within this community of advocates and is honored to advance the work of our peers in children’s advocacy.  HCAN supports all of the items within the Children’s Policy Agenda.

The Agenda contains bills and resolutions that will be introduced in the 2018 Hawaii State Legislative Session and represent the top priority issues of our community champion members.  Under each initiative listed, there is a lead organization that serves as the primary point of contact for advocacy.

The Agenda is organized into the following categories affecting kids and families:

  • Economic Security and Equity for Children
  • Family Strengthening
  • Health and Wellness
  • Child Safety and Welfare
  • Education


Download 2018 Hawaii Children's Policy Agenda (PDF)


Prior years' policy agendas:

2017 Hawaii Children's Policy Agenda

2017 Hawaii Children's Policy Agenda Results

2016 Hawaii Children's Policy Agenda

2016 Hawaii Children's Policy Agenda Results