The following are the metric goals each team is working towards to improve the health, safety, development and learning of our young children.  Metrics have been defined based on available data.  Metrics are continually updated based on new research, priorities and/or information.

Action Strategy Goals

by 2018 Hawaii will see an increase in the following:

  1. % of babies born healthy
  2. % of children with health and development on track
  3. % of children that enter kindergarten ready for school
  4. % of children proficient learners in 3rd grade

Healthy and Welcomed Births (Hawaii Maternal Infant Health Collaborative)

Conveners: Lin Joseph and JoAnn Farnsworth


  • Decrease in preterm births by 8% over five years (from 10% in provisional 2011 data to 9.2% by 2016)
  • Decrease infant mortality and morbidity by 4% over 5 years (from 4.8 per 1,000 live births in provisional 2011 data to 4.6/1,000 births by 2016) 


  1. Increase the proportion of pregnancies that are intended by 5% over 5 years (from 48.4% in provisional 2011 data to 50.8% by 2016)
  2. Increase the proportion of mothers at healthy weight at conception from 59.1% of mothers to 65%
  3. Decrease smoking during pregnancy from 5.0% to 4.5%
  4. Decrease proportion of low birth weight babies from 8.2% to 7.4%
  5. Increase infant back sleep position from current level of 76.9% to 84.6%
  6. Increase the proportion of mothers exclusively breastfeed for 6 months from 16% to 25.5%

Safe and Nurturing Families

Conveners: Marty Oliphant, Lynn Niitani and Lani Sakamoto


  • To reduce the actual cases of family violence in homes with young children
  • To strengthen early childhood providers capacity to educate on the protective factors and refer families at-risk


  1. 10% increase in # of licensed ECE centers that support and encourage training of protective factors
  2. 10% increase in # of families who received protective factors information from their ECE practitioner
  3. 10% increase in # of families who self-report that they understand and have used the protective factors at home with their families

On-track Health and Development

Conveners: Keiko Nitta and Sharon Taba


  • To ensure all children, especially those at-risk, get screened at AAP recommended ages and are provided with appropriate referrals and access to services
  • To ensure all children enter kindergarten school ready, at their potential


  1. 10% increase in number of young children screened at AAP recommended ages.
  2. 10% increase in number of children identified and receiving support before entering kindergarten
  3. 10% decrease in # of children overweight/obese at kindergarten
  4. 10% increase in # of early childhood practitioners accessing training on social emotional supports for young children
  5. Create a screening data system that is coordinated with the EC longitudinal data system and OIMT state data system
  6. Increase by 10% number of children 5 and under enrolled in a medical home

Equitable Access to Programs and Services

Conveners: Ka`ina Bornacorsi and Kerrie Urosevich


  • To increase access to existing early childhood programs and services throughout the state
  • To close program/service gaps community by community 


  1. Create an early childhood information and referral system
  2. Increase by 10% the number of eligible families that access the following public assistance programs: SNAP, WIC, TANF, Medquest Section 8 Housing and Childcare Subsidies
  3. Increase by 5% enrollment into Early Intervention
  4. Increase by ___% the number 4-year olds attending a state or federally funded Pre-K program
  5. Increase by __# in total number of slots available for children in early childhood programs
  6. Increase by __% the total amount of State dollars invested in early childhood programs.
    Settings include:
    • Home Visitation by ____%
    • Licensed Family Child Care by ____%
    • Family-Child Interactive Learning Programs by ____%
    • Center-Based Programs by ___%

High-quality Early Learning Programs

Conveners: David Okumura and Robyn Chun


  • Improve quality of early childhood programs across all settings
  • Create a functional Continuous Quality Improvement (CQI) system for all settings


For all ECE Programs:

  1. Increase by 10% the number of teachers participating in 20 hrs. of professional development annually
  2. Increase by 10% the number of teachers w/BA degrees
  3. Increase by 2% the number of directors with national administration credential
  4. Increase by 2% each year after 1st baseline year of 2014 of EC educators completing seminar series on HELDS
  5. Increase by 2% each after 1st baseline year of 2014 of EC educators completing seminar series on Hawaii’s EC Family Partnership Guidelines.
  6. Increase by 50% the number of children in DOE PreK classrooms observed using a formative assessment instrument
  7. Increase by 10% the number of early childhood programs using CLASS or equivalent teacher-child interaction assessment
  8. Increase to 75 the number of PDERI courses offered statewide in P-3 topics to P-3 teachers, focused on infants, toddlers

Alignment and Transition Support to K-3 System

Conveners: Phyllis Ida and Gayla Coloma 


  • Improve early childhood program continuity and alignment
  • Improve transitions of children into kindergarten
  • Improve transitions of “high risk” children between early childhood programs


  1. A minimum of 10 communities of practice on transition statewide that are connected to 15 complex areas, represented by all four early childhood settings and DOE
  2. Develop “Kindergarten Readiness Expectations”, aligned with DOE transition plans
  3. Increase by # of children with a continuum of program contact
  4. Create a transition protocol and referral process that reflects recommended practices for high-risk children between early childhood programs and DOE.
  5. # of Part C transition Conferences between Early Intervention (Part C) and DOE (Part B), Head Start, etc.
  6. # of individual transition plans completed for children in state funded programs
  7. Inform development of an individual kindergarten entry assessment system, # of indicators
  8. MOU and/or # of implementation plans under current MOA between DOH and DOE