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Innovation Name Innovation Type Innovation Subtype Features at a Glance Strategy Summary
Ready Keiki Pre-K Program Expansion Universal Pre-K Policy (3-Year-Olds) Universal Pre-K Policy (4-Year-Olds)

Allocated $200 million, as stipulated by Act 257, to create 2,000 to 4,000 prekindergarten seats over two years

In 2023, Hawaii launched Ready Keiki, which aims to expand access to preschool for Hawaii's 3- and 4-year-olds, with the goal of creating 465 new classrooms statewide by 2032. To achieve universal access to prekindergarten, the state plans to use a mixed-delivery system that includes private providers, public preschools, family child care centers, and federally funded Head Start programs. Hawaii has allocated $200 million, as stipulated by Act 257, to create 2,000 to 4,000 prekindergarten seats over the next two years. The funds will be used to expand existing facilities and construct new ones. The School Facilities Authority (SFA) determines eligibility for and distribution of these funds, a process that includes working closely with stakeholders to maximize the reach and efficiency of the investment.

Learn More: Ready keiki Pre-K

Sources:

https://www.readykeiki.org/

https://ltgov.hawaii.gov/featured/lieutenant-governor-sylvia-luke-unveils-ready-keiki-plan/

Hawaii Early Learning Board Infrastructure Systems Data Systems

The ELB advises the governor and makes recommendations to the state legislature

In 2017, Hawaii converted its early childhood advisory council to an advisory board, the Early Learning Board (ELB). ELB was established through Act 202 and is tasked with formulating statewide policy relating to early learning. It directs the Executive Office on Early Learning (EOEL) on how to best meet the developmental and educational needs of children; provides recommendations to EOEL on improving the quality, availability, and coordination of early learning programs; promotes collaboration across agencies and stakeholders serving young children; and appoints the EOEL director and evaluating the director on an annual basis. The ELB advises the governor and makes recommendations to the legislature.

Learn more: State of Hawaii Executive Office on Early Learning

Sources:
Education Commission of the States, 2021
Hawaii Executive Office on Early Learning (2023). 2023 Legislative Updates
Education Commission of the States, (2018). Education Governance Dashboard 

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Demographics Data Scorecard

State population

1,440,196 Source U.S. Census, 2022

Rural %

13.9% Source U.S. Census, 2020

Urban %

86.1% Source U.S. Census, 2020

Number of children 0–4

82,785 Source KIDS COUNT, 2021

Poverty levels - children 0—8 below 200% poverty

30% Source KIDS COUNT, 2021

Median family income among households with children

$93,900.00 Source KIDS COUNT, 2021

Unemployment rate

3.2% Source U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, December 2022

Unemployment rate of parents

6% Source KIDS COUNT, 2021

Children under age 6 with all available parents in the labor force

64% Source KIDS COUNT, 2021

Children living in households with a high housing cost burden

39% Source KIDS COUNT, 2021

Child Population by Race and Ethnicity Source KIDS COUNT, 2021

Race and Ethnicity

  • American Indian and Alaska Native (0.49%)
  • Asian (22%)
  • Black or African American (2%)
  • Hispanic or Latino (20%)
  • Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander (12%)
  • Two or more races (32%)
  • White, not Hispanic or Latino (13%)
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Early Childhood Education Programs Link copied!

Early Childhood Education Programs

Public Pre-K Program Name

Ready Keiki Source: Hawaii Executive Office on Early Learning 2023

Public Pre-K Program Name

Hawaii State Public Charter School Early Learning Program Source: NIEER 2023

Universal or Targeted Pre-K Policy

Transitioning from Targeted to Universal Pre-K Policy (3- and 4-Year-Olds) Source: Hawaii Executive Office on Early Learning 2023

Universal or Targeted Pre-K Policy

Targeted Pre-K Policy (3- and 4-Year-Olds) Source: NIEER 2023

Early Childhood Education Programs (3-Year-Olds) Source: NIEER 2023

Programs

  • Percent of 3-Year-Old Children Enrolled in Public Early Childhood Education Programs (.4%)
  • 3-Year-old Children Enrolled in Head Start (6%)
  • Other/None (93.6%)

Early Childhood Education Programs (4-Year-Olds) Source: NIEER 2023

Programs

  • Percent of 4-Year-Old Children Enrolled in Public Early Childhood Education Programs (3%)
  • 4-Year-old Children Enrolled in Head Start (7%)
  • Other/None (90%)

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2017–2019 Median Hourly Wages Source CSCCE 2018, 2020

Role

  • Child Care Workers
    $11.13 (2017, adjusted)
    $12.43 (2019)
  • Preschool Teachers
    $18.77 (2017, adjusted)
    $19.36 (2019)
  • Preschool or Child Care Center Directors
    $24.36 (2017, adjusted)
    $24.99 (2019)

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Federal and State Early Childhood Education Funding (in Millions) Source First Five Years Fund, 2022

Funding Source

  • Head Start and Early Head Start Funding ($29.5)
  • CCDBG & Mandatory Funds ($30.7)
  • CCDBG State Match ($4.8)
  • CCDBG COVID Relief Allocations - CARES, CRRSE, ARPA (CCDF & Stabilization) ($175.0)
  • State-Funded Pre-K ($8.8)
  • MIECHV ($3.6)
  • IDEA Part C ($3.9)
  • IDEA Part B, Sec 619 ($1.6)
  • TANF Early Learning and Care ($10)