Parents and advocates rally for affordable childhood education

Wednesday, March 6th 2019, 12:45 PM HST by Mackenzie Stasko

HONOLULU - Parents are pushing for affordable preschool and childcare. 

Dozens of parents and advocates took their message to the State Capitol Wednesday morning. They rallied in the rotunda, calling on lawmakers to invest in our keiki and make early childhood education affordable for all of Hawaii's families. 

They say the solution is to provide tax credits for families and approve more funding for charter school preschool programs. 

"These are the issues we're trying to make relevant to our leaders so they know there needs to be an investment made in these children so they can reach their potential, they can grad from high school, and can in turn invest back into this community," said Dean Wong, Executive Director at Imua Family Services.

The average cost for childcare in Hawai'i is about $13,000 per child.