Remembering Dr. Calvin Sia

This week, we remember Dr. Calvin Sia, a pediatrician and lifelong advocate for children in Hawai’i and across the world, who passed away on August 19, 2020 at the age of 93. Dr. Sia was one of the founders of Good Beginnings Alliance — which later became HCAN — and changed the lives of countless children through his tireless advocacy.

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Tips on reducing your kid’s risk of COVID-19

By Jackalyn Carione

With the surge of COVID-19 cases in Hawaiʻi, we need to protect our keiki and families. An easy way to do that is understanding how the virus spreads and how to reduce risks when possible. As the United States enters the new school year, every state is making different decisions in regards to reopening. This week, most public school students in Hawaiʻi began distance learning instead of attending in-person classes. However, with the state hoping to resume in-person classes again in September, it is important to prepare.

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Meet our new board members!

By Jackalyn Carione

Hawaiʻi Children's Action Network is proud to announce our new board members: Lingie Chiu, MD MBA FAAP, Ryan Gomes, Camille Hampton, Ed.D, and Dana Senaha, Ed.D.  HCAN's Board of Directors is instrumental in guiding the organization to significant achievements in pursuit of our mission: To build a unified voice educating and advocating for Hawaii’s children, and our vision: All children in Hawaii are safe, healthy and ready to learn. 

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Amid Pandemic, Historic Legislative Session Comes to a Close

By Heather Lavoie

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

By Jackalyn Carione

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

By Jackalyn Carione

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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Our commitment to racial justice

June 2, 2020

By now, you’ve seen the fight for racial justice across the country. At HCAN, we remember the names of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, and Breonna Taylor, and we stand in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement. 

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

By Jackalyn Carione

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!

By Jackalyn Carione

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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