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WHY INTEGRATION OF THE EARLY CHILDHOOD SYSTEM IS SO IMPORTANT

 

1.  Ensure Healthy Development of Our Youngest Children

To make certain every young child and family utilize prenatal care and support, screening opportunities and needed intervention services

2.  Increase Access to Services

To create efficient access to services in order to maximize the use of existing state and privately funded programs.  Ensure that young children and their families have access to a continuum of support to reduce wait time and save money for caregivers

3. Improve Quality Across Programs and Services

To create a continuous quality improvement system to ensure consistency, high quality programming, integration of trainings and sharing of resources

4. Align Priorities Across State Departments

To operate more efficiently and effectively across state departments for a common vision, create data sharing agreements across departments to better inform policy decisions and ensure successful transitions between programs and services

5. Leverage Private/Public Resources

To leverage public and private resources within the system more efficiently.  Align with federal early childhood priorities to increase opportunities for the state to receive federal dollars.

 

BACKGROUND

Our historical approach to early childhood development and learning in Hawaii has been a patchwork system of public and private programs and services, administered by multiple agencies who often work in silos. To improve the coordination of efforts to better support our young children, the Executive Office on Early Learning (EOEL) launched the Early Childhood Action Strategy.

In 2012, EOEL, in partnership with over 80 private and public partners, identified six critical focus areas as building blocks for the establishment of a comprehensive and integrated early childhood system. This initiative led to the creation of an early childhood Action Strategy, “Taking Action for Hawaii’s Children.” The Action Strategy focuses on children, prenatal to age 8, across the domains of health, safety, care and education.

EOEL’s Action Strategy is operationalized and measured based on how well we are supporting a child’s development. If a child enters the world healthy and welcomed and is supported by a nurturing and safe family, the child has a much greater chance at achieving on-track health and development. When families need supports for their children, we want to ensure equitable access to programs and services and opportunities for high-quality early learning programs. If we can accomplish these goals, the child will be ready to thrive when he or she enters kindergarten.

To see our Action Strategy Project Teams as of January 2015, click on the teams tab. If you or your organization is interested in getting involved in these projects, email the Action Strategy Coordinator at kerrie@clnhawaii.org.

 

Timeline

October 2014.  Secured funding support through 2018 to continue implementation.

July 2014.  Action Strategy leaders were invited to participate in a Systems Design Innovation Lab, sponsored by Columbia University, Morton Deutsch- International Center for Cooperation and Conflict Resolution (MD-ICCR) of Teachers College, The Institute of World Affairs (IWA) at the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee an the Advanced Consortium  on Cooperation Conflict and Complexity (AC4), at the Earth Institute to receive professional development from over 50 international systems design experts.

January 2014. Work plans and metrics for each team were finalized with supporting delivery chains and evaluation rubrics.

August 2013. Action Strategy was restructured to allow for more efficient tracking and monitoring of progress.  U.S. Education Delivery Institute was contracted to assist in developing planning and governance mechanisms.

April 2013. Early Childhood State Advisory Council Report 2013. Coordinated by the U.S Department of Human Services Office of Administration for Children and Families (ACF). An update on federally funded State Advisory Councils (in Hawaii, that is the ELAB) on progress made since grant was awarded. Click here for link to report.

January 2013. Hawaii’s Early Childhood Action Strategy finalized. Implementation processes are beginning to be developed.

Winter 2012. Development of System Elements (e.g. Financing, Policy, Data Systems, Professional Development, Partnerships) and drafting of Early Childhood Action Strategy.

Fall 2012. Development of Strategies and Action Plans. Click here for more information about outcomes identified for each of the six goal areas.

Summer 2012. Engagement and Context Mapping. Leaders for each of the six goal areas were recruited and stakeholders invited to participate in goal working groups. Innate Strategiessupported the goal teams to develop a shared sense of their issue area and how to positively impact that issue. This resulted in a large context map of Hawaii’s early childhood landscape (PDF Version|Web Version).