E komo mai to the newest members of the HCAN team!

HCAN is fortunate to be continuously growing to better serve Hawaiʻi’s children and families. We recently have welcomed two new members to our staff and one new member to our Board of Directors.

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Should pregnant women have a COVID vaccine? The evidence says it’s safe and effective

Can you believe it’s already September? This month is Baby Safety Month so we want to highlight some articles to help keep you and your babies safe!

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It's Pride Month! Let's talk about inclusive paid family leave.

By Zoë Brooks-Jeffiers

Happy Pride Month! We at HCAN are strong believers that families, no matter what they look like, deserve equal rights, opportunities, and care. It is crucial that parents, guardians, and all caregivers have the ability to give their children the love, care, and attention they need and deserve, no matter what their family structure is.

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A Year To Be Grateful For: Being an AmeriCorps VISTA member at HCAN

By Jackalyn Carione

As my AmeriCorps service year comes to an end, I have so much to reflect on and be thankful for. During a year of uncertainty and chaos, I found stability with Hawaiʻi Children’s Action Network and my team members. Every day, I woke up excited to serve at HCAN and work to improve the lives of families and keiki in Hawaiʻi.

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Do you have kids under age 12? You should enter our giveaway!

By Jackalyn Carione

This week is special for HCAN and our blog, Keiki First. We are giving away two free books by the Mayo Clinic: A Guide to Your Baby’s First Years and A Guide to Raising a Healthy Child. If you haven’t entered for your chance to win, click here to enter now! Both these books offer expert guidance and information for parents that is broken down into easy-to-read sections.

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How systemic biases make the pandemic worse for women of color

By Jackalyn Carione

The pandemic has affected every individual in some way or form, but women of color have been particularly hit hard by its negative consequences. Prior to this fatal virus, women of color were already disproportionally affected by the systems that exist in the United States. Now they are faced with even more burdens with no end in sight.

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Why Hawai'i isn't really 99.9% complete for the Census

By Jackalyn Carione

The 2020 Census data collection is currently set to end on October 31st, which means there are just a few weeks to make sure we count all our keiki in Hawaiʻi. The Census is essential to our community because it helps determine how much federal funding the state of Hawaiʻi will receive in the next decade, which is especially important for programs that support our children and families.

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What you need to know about voting by mail in Hawaiʻi’s general election

By Jackalyn Carione

The general election is coming up and this year, voting is a little different. To keep our families and kūpuna safe from COVID-19, Hawaiʻi will be voting by mail.

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Child Abuse and Neglect During the COVID-19 Pandemic

By Jackalyn Carione

Reports of child abuse and neglect have gone down nationwide since the beginning of the pandemic. Yet experts say this is not an accurate portrayal of what is happening — and there’s a greater chance that child abuse has actually increased.

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For Labor Day, Let's Really Honor Our Child Care Providers

By Heather Lavoie

Essential workers have been working throughout the pandemic. On Monday, we will celebrate Labor Day, a day dedicated to workers. While the holiday is a nice sentiment, it raises the question: Are we honoring workers the other 364 days of the year?

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