Amid Pandemic, Historic Legislative Session Comes to a Close

This year’s legislative session is one for the history books. Even before COVID-19, nonprofits, legislators, and community members could agree that too many families in Hawai’i were holding their breath — one disaster away from financial ruin.

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Talk Story with Hawaiʻi KIDS COUNT

This week, HCAN speaks with Hawai‘i KIDS COUNT Project Director, Ivette Rodriguez Stern, on the state of well-being of children in Hawai‘i based on the data from the 2020 KIDS COUNT Data Book by the Annie E. Casey Foundation.

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Hawaiʻi ranks 17th for child well-being before pandemic; families now hit hard by crisis

How are Hawaiʻi’s children doing compared to the rest of the nation?

According to the 2020 KIDS COUNT Data Book by the Annie E. Casey Foundation, Hawaiʻi ranks 17th out of 50 states on overall child well-being.

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Why it's important to count all keiki

The 2020 Census is critical to our community as will determine how much federal funding we receive, which is especially important for programs that support our children and families.

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As child care guidelines are released, concerns remain about economic ramifications for providers

This week, Hawaiʻi’s Department of Human Services (DHS) released new guidelines detailing how child care providers can start serving more children as other businesses begin reopening. The guidelines include detailed cleaning and sanitizing protocols and new rules meant to maintain the safety and health of children, parents, and employees.

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Welcome to HCAN’s new blog, Keiki First!

We’re providing regular updates on issues affecting children and families in Hawaiʻi. This week, we’re starting with a topic on the mind of many families: child care.

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