Invest in Early Childhood

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Increasing investments in our youngest children is a top priority at Hawaii Children's Action Network.  For 20 years we have been advocating for increased access to high quality, affordable childcare, preschool and other programs that serve young children and their families. 

HCAN staff is actively advocating for our youngest children every day.  We serve on the Childcare Advisory Board and are an integral member of the the Steering Team (along with the Executive Office on Early Learning and members of the State of Hawaii Early Learning Board) for the development of a new state plan for early childhood.  The new state plan will be launched Fall 2017.  We are on the Hawaii Team working with the National Governor's Association to expand access to early learning. 

In Fall 2016, HCAN hosted Ross Hunter, Director of the Washington State Department of Early Learning to share best practices in early learning from Washington State and organized the Governor's summit on early learning in December 2016.

This year HCAN worked to get State of Hawaii Department of Human Service to adopt new childcare safety regulations.

Making the Case for Better Early Education in Hawaii